Class of 2009 wide receiver prospect Jamal Patterson has seen the recruiting process before. He watched his McDonough (Ga.) Henry County teammate Chris Jackson go through the process before him, sign with Alabama and enroll early in Tuscaloosa.
Though Patterson has made no insinuations that he plans on enrolling early in school next year, he has certainly gotten an early start on the recruiting process with multiple early offers.
"My latest offers were Florida and Kentucky," Patterson said. "Saturday was Wake Forest and Friday was Clemson. Wake Forest was a letter, Clemson was faxed over and Florida and Kentucky said that they're putting the letter in the mail."
Though Patterson is enjoying the early interest, he is not ready to let the offers go to his head.
"It feels great," he said. "It's a new experience. I just know I gotta keep working hard."
Patterson also has some experience with the recruiting process in watching his fellow Henry County wide receiver go through it this season.
"I learned just to make sure you give every school a chance because you never know what they can offer," he explained. "Don't just jump on one school but just play it out."
Despite his open mind with the recruiting process, there is one school that may spark his interest more than any other.
"I'm a real big Georgia fan," he said. "If they offer they offer. If they don't, I'd just have to pick another school. I want to play at whatever's the best school for me and my family, also wherever I can get on the field the quickest."
With a busy Spring scheduled, Patterson should continue to get plenty of exposure with more offers to come.
"I'm going to Central Florida this weekend for their Junior Day," he said. "I'm going to the Southeast combine April 28th in Alabama. I'm going to Georgia's Junior Day March 22nd, Louisville April 5th and Kentucky March 9th."
As far as his senior season is concerned, the only thing on Patterson's mind is working hard in the offseason and winning a state championship. However, there is one issue that Patterson wanted to clear up about his personal profile that may illustrate where his priorities lie.
"I have a 4.5 GPA," he said, referring to the 4.0 previously listed on his profile. "I take honors and advanced placement courses."