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."
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.