Clemson has been among the favorites for LB Natrez Patrick (6-4 245) of Atlanta, GA. At one time, Patrick had a top five that included the Tigers but has since decided to do away with any favorites. Patrick maintains a good relationship with Clemson coaches and plans to visit in the future.
"Coach (Mike) Reed is the main guy I talk to up there," Patrick said. "He is the one who comes by the school to see me. I have a very good relationship with him. They were one of my top five schools when I had a list, if that tells you anything. I definitely want to get up there for a visit."
USC has not spoken with Patrick of late but that has not changed his opinion of the Gamecocks. A future visit is on his mind.
"They are one of the schools I really want to get to for a visit because they've had a lot of success on the defense with guys like (Jadeveon) Clowney," he said. "They have a really good program. The last time I heard from them was a while ago though."
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He will visit Georgia this weekend and is no stranger to Athens. He said his relationship with the Bulldog coaches has been very strong and that there is a lot of interest both ways.
Patrick is being recruited as both a defensive end and a linebacker and says he does not have a preference. He expects to play with his hand on the ground in a 4-3 scheme and at linebacker in the 3-4 scheme.