Rivals100 defensive tackle Adam Patterson out of Columbia (S.C.) Richland Northeast took an unofficial visit to Penn State last weekend to witness their big-time victory over Ohio State in front of a packed crowd at Happy Valley. What did the 6-foot-2, 256-pounder think of his trip to State College?
"I thought it was a very, very good game and they have a great atmosphere in there too. The whole visit was really good," he said. "The fans are very supportive of their team and very loud, that's what I really liked about it. I also got a chance to meet Joe Paterno and that was a real big honor for me. He talked to me about the game and how he feels about me if I were to come there. Everything was very organized and nice, but it was also cold up there since I was used to the heat of South Carolina, but that's ok."
The No. 40 player in the country was impressed by the victory.
"The defense played great in my opinion and it was a defensive game out there," he said. "They were always swarming to the ball and they don't stop until the whistle is blown. I like that about the defense."
Where did the visit put the Nittany Lions for Patterson's services?
"That visit puts them in there, but I'm going to keep my options open and look at more schools," he said. "Everyone is in there still as I'd say I still favor North Carolina State and South Carolina. I know I'll definitely be taking two officials to those schools."
The four-star prospect has helped Richland Northeast to a 7-0 record including a 51-0 drubbing of Lower Richland last weekend.
Adam Patterson VideoClick "That was a very good game for us and it was in regional play," he said. "From here on out we've got a tough schedule, but it should be fun. I did fine against Lower Richland except they ran away from me a lot, so I didn't get to be involved in much of the game. Most likely I'll be much more involved the rest of the season."Here to view this Link.