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Patterson enjoys visit to USC

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Long Beach Poly (Calif.) wide out Travon Patterson took his fourth and final official visit this past weekend to USC. The standout receiver said he has a good idea of where he wants to go and will likely wait to make his choice public during the CaliFlorida Bowl.
Patterson, 5-9, 160 pounds has been to USC numerous times before on unofficial visits or to just go and watch the team practice so he was already pretty familiar with what the school was all about.
"It was still cool being up there," Patterson said. "I mean, I really know all about the school but this visit gave me a chance to get to know the coaches and players a little better and it was cool to sit back and watch the team practice and see how they go about doing things on a day by day basis.
"Kevin Thomas was my host and he was real cool. He showed me around and we all had a really good time. We went out and ate a lot and talked to some different people in the academic office. I saw more of the campus than I've seen before and I really enjoyed spending some one on one time with Coach Carroll and Coach Kiffin earlier today about my role in the offense and how they plan to use me.
"Basically, they said the one thing they really haven't had in awhile is a real burner at the receiver position. They said they see me as a guy who can stretch the field, run reverses and returns punts and kicks. They're recruiting me as a Z receiver which is what Steve Smith and Chris McFoy play.
"So I would be in the slot a lot and they even mentioned I would be doing a lot of the same things Reggie Bush does for them. The only thing I won't be doing is running the ball. They have some good receivers there but I'm not afraid of competition and I like the idea of playing with other good players.
"Right now, I'm not sure when I'll make my decision but I could decide during the CaliFlorida Bowl. That would be cool but I just need to think about some things and then I'll figure all that stuff out later. USC is my leader right now and I'm just going to talk with my family and do what is best for me."
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