While checking out practice at Long Beach Poly (Calif.) on Wednesday, we caught up with talented Jackrabbit wide out Travon Patterson who updated us on the latest with his recruitment.
Patterson, 5-9, 160 pounds has excellent speed and quickness and might be the best receiver out West when it comes to running after the catch. He has great moves in the open field and is also a very dangerous return man.
The Jackrabbits are off to a slow start by their standards and are currently 2-2 on the season.
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"Yeah, it has been real frustrating so far," Patterson said. "We just haven't been able to get anything going for whatever reason. I think there is still plenty of time for us to turn things around and with league coming up, I think we'll still be OK."
On the recruiting front, Patterson will take his first official visit of the year in two weeks.
"I'm going to Oregon when they play Washington (Oct. 14)," Patterson said. "It's funny, the plan originally was for me, Terrence (Austin) and Vincent (Joseph) to all trip to Oregon the same weekend but somehow, it turned out that we're all going on three different weekends.
"I'm also going to trip to Arizona (Jan. 13) and Terrence might take that visit with me. Arizona's WR coach, Charlie Williams, used to play at Poly so me and Terrence have really bonded with him and there's a good chance for early playing time there. I'm also going to visit Washington State but I haven't set that date yet."
In addition to those schools, Patterson said he's also been hearing more lately from USC, UCLA and Cal.
"USC has talked to me a lot but I think they have a few other receivers like Percy Harvin, David Ausberry and Vidal Hazelton ahead of me right now," he added. "UCLA is recruiting me and I'm going to the game this weekend against Cal. That should be a good game for sure. They haven't offered me either but I still like them.
"Cal also said they might be coming to my game and has started talking with me as well. At first I heard they were only taking one receiver and already have a commitment from Daniel Lofton but maybe they changed their mind or something. Desean (Jackson) is doing really well there and I'm looking forward to seeing him in action this weekend."