Alachua (Fla.) Santa Fe wide receiver Melvin Patterson has narrowed his list down to six schools and in the next week or so, he'll narrow it down to his final five schools.
"I've gotten calls from West Virginia, NC State, Florida, Florida State, Miami, East Carolina, South Florida and Indiana so far this month," Patterson said. "Coach Allen was the first one to call me, he called me the first morning they were allowed to call."
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.
"I've got a top six of Miami, Florida State, Florida, West Virginia, NC State and Georgia and it's in that order," Patterson said. "I'm narrowing it down to five next week and thats going to be it, I'm going to set visits. Georgia has a lot of ground to make up and they used to be one of my top schools. They haven't called yet, they haven't been showing me near the attention the other schools have. I mean all three Florida schools called me on the first day and I haven't heard from Georgia yet?
If they still want me then they should probably call soon because I'm trimming my list down next week regardless. They send me a written offer so I know they were interested at one time. If they aren't interested in me anymore then they should call and tell me, I think that's just respectful so that I can cross them off my list. I don't try and play games with schools. If a school calls me that I know I'm not interested in then I let them know that I'm not interested in them and I tell them who I have it down to. They don't want to waste their time and it's just being respectful and I think schools should be the same way."
This past weekend Patterson ventured up to Gainesville to watch the Gators take on the Wyoming Cowboys.
"I had a real good time up there," Patterson said. "I saw Jamar Hornsby up there and he told me that he dislocated his shoulder and might be out for the year. I saw C.J. Spiller there too and he had torn his calf muscle and was probably going to be out for a couple of weeks."
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.
"I'm going to cut it down to five visits next week sometime," Patterson said. "I've heard from all of those schools except for Georgia and they all want me to take an official visit. I'm going to give Georgia a little more time and see if I hear from them and if they are still interested. I'm not saying that if I do hear from them that they are on the list for sure either, but I did really like them a lot a while back and I'm still interested so I will give them a little more time to see what's up."