Four-star prospect Jamal Patterson is one of the most coveted receivers in the nation. This McDonough (Ga.) Henry County High School star has teams from coast to coast after him, with his offer count over three dozen.
"I have 40 offers right now," Patterson said. "LSU, Arkansas and Oregon have been the most recent offers while Troy was the first oral offer and Central Florida was the first written offer.
"Right now, I am just wide open. I am looking to bond with the coaches and players. I am looking for a family atmosphere. I also want to get on the field and want the opportunity to compete. Of course, academics are first and foremost. That's why you go to college."
Patterson has been active on the (unofficial) visit front, seeing Wake Forest, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Florida, Florida State, Tennessee, Central Florida, Alabama and others. He is planning on visiting Auburn, Southern Cal and Stanford during the summer.
"This can never get old. It's great that all of these teams are showing this kind of interest. All of these visits I have been on have been very impressive. I mean every one has been a really nice visit. But if there is one that stood out I would say it was Central Florida. The facilities and environment there was just awesome."
Patterson, 6-3 and 200 pounds, caught 43 passes for 933 yards and 11 scores last season as a junior. He was one of several junior standouts that led Henry County on a ten game winning streak. They eventually lost in the second round of the playoffs. Henry County should be one of the state's top teams this fall led by Patterson, quarterback Drew Little, athlete Quan Jones, defensive end/tight end Dustin Kelly, cornerback Keith Wright, and tight end Jim Teknipp. They are all rising seniors and being recruited. Last season both Patterson and Little made all-state. Little threw for over 3,500 yards and 40 plus touchdowns (only five interceptions).
"We are all working so hard. This is our senior year, our last year. We have a state championship on our minds."