Alachula (Fla.) Santa Fe wide receiver Melvin Patterson may be one of the few guys you'll ever see who suffers a season ending injury and moves up in the rankings. That's because Rivals.com did not have film on the star, but it's quite impressive and you might see a surge in the rankings.
"Nothing has really changed with me other than I eliminated Georgia," Patterson said. "They just sort of stopped recruiting me and that's fine, they're gone. It's down to Miami, Florida, Florida State, LSU and NC State. I know that I am taking my official visit to NC State the third weekend of January and one to Florida the last weekend."
Recently Patterson discovered that he had injured his ACL and meniscus, a season ending injury that was once thought not to be serious.
"I had surgery on Monday and everything went real well," Patterson said. "I had a really good doctor. He is the orthopedist for the players at Florida and the Dolphins. I met him earlier and asked him if he could do my surgery and he did it. I am not going to be back this year or play basketball this winter."
The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Patterson runs the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds is an excellent academic student who carries a 4.0 GPA and has already made a qualifying test score.
"All of these schools have told me that they don't care about the injury," Patterson said. "They said that they think I will be back and healthy in no time. They are just telling me that it doesn't effect the way that they think of me and my abilities as a player."
Patterson is ranked as the No. 77 player in the state of Florida and as the No. 63 wide receiver in the nation by Rivals.com.