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Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Patterson puts himself in a good position

By Erik McKinney

DonYeh Patterson (Compton, Calif./Dominguez) hasn't grown much since he was in ninth grade, but that hasn't stopped him from making an impact on the football field. He's simply moved farther away from the ball.

He's not undersized by any means, but he was a defensive tackle as a high school freshman. But instead of growing into a lineman, the 6-foot-2, 195-pound Patterson slid to defensive end as a sophomore, and now wide receiver as a junior.

"I liked d-tackle; it was cool," Patterson said. "But it's way more fun playing receiver. I like getting the ball."

Patterson earned an offer from Idaho last spring at his new full-time position and is receiving heavy interest from San Diego State, San Jose State and Washington State. But plenty of other programs are expressing interest in Patterson. He said Alabama, Miami (Fla), Michigan, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington and Wisconsin are just a few schools to contact him.

"They all like me at wide receiver," Patterson said. "Some like me in the slot because of my quickness and shiftiness. Some like me outside because I'm a big body and I can catch the ball. I like the slot, because I can run more routes and use my feet."

Patterson performed well at last weekend's NLA 7-on-7 in Las Vegas and has big plans this offseason, as he will participate in any camp or combine he can get to, starting with this weekend's Nike Football Training Camp in Los Angeles. He also said he plans to attend spring games at Ohio State, San Diego State and Wisconsin and is wide open to every school at this point.

"I'm not picky at all," he said. "I'm open to any school that offers me a scholarship."