SPARTANBURG, S.C. - There isn't really a lot for Columbia (S.C.) Richland Northeast Rivals100 defensive tackle Adam Patterson to work for at the Shrine Bowl practices this week because he is overloaded with scholarship offers.
The four-star rated player has hauled in a list of offers that include Penn State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Virginia Tech, and North Carolina State among many others. The No. 3 player in the state has been using this week to not worry about colleges but about enjoying his time here.
"The most important thing for us this week is to get along," Patterson said. "We've got to put away all the rivalry that we've had during the year and learn how to play together. That's big for us and we've been doing that so far. It's fun to see how you compare with the rest of the players out here."
"It's about having fun."
Patterson says that recruiting hasn't been completely off his mind. So far he has set up a few official visits and looks to handle those in January before making a Signing Day decision.
"Right now the ones that I know is Tennessee which is going to be on Jan. 20 and Auburn around Jan. 23," Patterson said. "I'm also going to get one set up with North Carolina State. Those are just the schools that I've felt most comfortable with, so that's why I really wanted to go there and check it out."
"I don't have a top three or anything because I'm still evaluating every school on the list."
After Tuesday's practice completed, Patterson said that it definitely was physically hard but that is enjoying the honor of being part of the Shrine Bowl.
"Yeah man it's very tiring," he said. "But, it's been a good first few days. We're all trying to impress the coaches out here from South Carolina and you can see that all the players are going out there and getting after it."
Patterson is rated as the No. 3 overall prospect in the state of South Carolina and the No. 4 defensive tackle in the country.