Tuesday, March 26, 2013
WR Patterson grabs two offers on Tuesday
By Erik McKinney
It was a big Tuesday for Don'Yeh Patterson (Compton, Calif./Dominguez), as the 5-foot-11, 184-pound receiver added offers No. 2 and 3.
Patterson was in his coach's office when he was told to make a couple of phone calls, which resulted in scholarship offers, one after the other.
The result is that now, in addition to his earlier offer from Idaho, Patterson holds offers from San Jose State and Arizona -- his first from the Pac-12.
"They asked if I understood what was happening right now," Patterson said of the Wildcats. "They just said they like me a lot on film and said they want me to be a Wildcat. They said, 'We want to offer you a scholarship.'"
Patterson knew Arizona was recruiting him, but didn't know how serious it was until today.
"I love it, honestly," he said of picking up his first Pac-12 offer. "I would love to go out there as soon as possible to see the campus and see how it feels."
The offer from San Jose State was less surprising, considering Patterson said the Spartans told him some time ago that an offer would be coming soon.
"They were waiting to see more filim and how I did at passing tournaments," Patterson said. "They offered as a receiver, too. They see me more as a slot receiver than outside. Arizona said they like that I have a rangy body and they see me as a big, possession-type receiver who can go up and catch the ball over the middle."
Patterson said he believes Utah and Washington State could be the next two schools to offer, as both Pac-12 schools have shown interest.
This past weekend the wide receiver took an unofficial visit to San Diego State for the Aztecs' spring game.
"It was nice," he said. "I liked the campus and the game was really good. The coaches were cool."
Patterson said the idea of a scholarship offer wasn't discussed, but the Aztecs coaches like him on tape and can see him fitting into the system there. That was the last trip Patterson has planned at this time, although it wouldn't be surprising to see that Arizona visit find its way onto his schedule in the next few weeks. He said his main focus now is to keep working out and preparing himself for his senior season.