Avery Patterson, the 5-foot-9, 165 pound cornerback from Pittsburgh Senior High School in Pittsburgh, Calif., has seen recruiting pick up for him in the past few weeks as he now has offers from Arizona State, Arizona and Washington State. The Cougars were the first school to offer him about three weeks ago.
"Washington State is still recruiting me the hardest," Patterson said. "They send me something in the mail every day and I get a lot of handwritten notes from them too. They said that I'd be able to get in early and have an opportunity to start."
Although Patterson says he's still very open, he admits favoring Arizona State slightly over Arizona, Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA and Washington State. The only junior day that Patterson attended was in Westwood.
"Rick Neuheisel seems like a good guy," he said. "He's real outgoing and just seems cool. All the coaches seemed very welcoming and open. We didn't really talk about a scholarship or anything though.
"I think once UCLA figures out their quarterback situation that they'll do well," he said.
The Bruins are the only school in his top six that he's already visited. "I'm doing track right now, but if I have time I'd like to try and visit as many schools as I can. I don't really know much about any of them yet.
"I know that Arizona State had a pretty good season last year and I think they should be pretty good next year too," he said.
"Oregon was real good too and they are always a top team," he said. "I've also heard they have amazing facilities. The coaches have been there a long time and they know what they are doing. They said they plan to evaluate me this spring and hopefully will offer.
"I really don't know much about Arizona at all," he said. "I've only talked to one of their coaches. I guess they seem cool too. They still have a young team that should be turning things around."
Growing up Patterson says he followed Miami. "I just loved all the elite defensive backs they had," he said. "It seemed like they all went to the NFL."
Patterson says he plans to attend the USC Rising Senior camp later this summer.
"I plan to evaluate everyone that is interested in me and take my time," he said. "I just want to make sure I look at everybody. I want a school that will help me get to the next level and where I'll be able to get better."
Patterson finished his junior season with 45 tackles. He benches 245 pounds, squats 455 and has a 31-inch vertical jump. He claims he runs an incredible 4.35 forty.
"I'm quick and can open my hips," he said. "I have great feet and am pretty much faster than anybody else out there. I'm real hard hitting too and am always making the big play.
"But I want to improve my ball skills, especially when the ball is in the air," he admitted. "I still want to get stronger and bigger."
Patterson also runs track (300m hurdles - 49.74; 400m 38.99), but only plans to play football in college.
He reports a 2.8 core GPA and a 1200 SAT (three-part), which he plans to retake.