Shelby (N.C.) Crest High
6-foot, 215 pounds
Measurables: At a Shrine Bowl combine ran the 40-yard dash in 4.91 seconds and the shuttle in 4.63 seconds … Had a 22.0-inch vertical leap and did 20 reps at 185 pounds on the bench press.
Ratings: Three-star recruit by Rivals.com … Given two stars by 24/7 Sports and listed as the No. 75 inside linebacker nationally and No. 47 recruit in the state … Regarded by Scout.com as a two-star prospect, the No. 65 middle linebacker in the nation and the No. 38 player in North Carolina … Listed as a two-star recruit, the No. 75 inside linebacker in the country and No. 63 prospect from North Carolina by ESPN.
Honors/accomplishments: Named North Carolina's Defensive MVP at the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas All-Star Game after coming up with six tackles, four of them solo and two for loss, and a pass breakup … Named first-team 3-A All-State by both Carolina Preps and NC Preps … Selected first-team All-Big South Conference as a senior … Picked for the Shelby Star All-Cleveland County squad … Named second-team All-Region by the Charlotte Observer.
Recruitment: NC State was Patterson's lone major offer, and on June 21 Patterson decided to verbally commit to the Wolfpack. He remained firm throughout the entire process.
Recruiter of record: Former linebackers coach Jon Tenuta.
2013 projection: Patterson is a good bet to redshirt while he continues to fill out and work on his agility. He has shown the versatility in high school to play either inside or outside.