Patterson talks UT camp

2016 QB Shea Patterson

Class of 2016 quarterback Shea Patterson (Shreveport, La./Calvary Baptist) is quickly becoming one of the most sought after recruits in the country, regardless of class.

Rich Rodriguez and his Arizona Wildcats have the distinct honor of holding his verbal pledge at the moment. But they're going to be in for the fight of their lives trying to hold off all other suitors.

One of those programs coming after Patterson is Texas, a school he visited on Tuesday to take part in quarterback coach Shawn Watson's Quarterback Academy. It featured some of the top underclassmen quarterbacks across the country, but Patterson may have been the best one there.

"It was great. It was a great day out here," said Patterson, who stands 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds. "I got to meet the coaching staff and spend some time with them. It was awesome."

Patterson is very familiar with the campus and the city of Austin having spent several years in Brownsville, Texas, which is near the Mexico border.

This trip was purely about building relationships with Watson, head coach Charlie Strong and the rest of the staff. He believes the foundations for those relationships have been set in place.

"Coach Watson came out and saw me throw three weeks ago," Patterson said. "I wanted to come out here and meet Coach Strong and the other coaches. I feel pretty comfortable out here.

"The biggest thing for me is the coaching staff and being able to be comfortable with my surroundings. I am here."

Patterson visited Texas with his father, brother and 2016 wide receiver Mykel Jones (Patterson, La.), a good friend that picked up a UT offer during Texas' spring game.

While Jones went and spoke with Strong and the rest of the staff, Patterson and the other quarterbacks took part in a film session with Watson.

"Coach Watson knows so much so it is important to really just take in anything that he has to say," Patterson said. "He knows everything about being a great quarterback. He knows how to get it done and it a really intense guy on the field. You just have to take in everything he says. I feel really comfortable to him."

That's great news for the Longhorns considering all the offers Patterson already has to choose from. That doesn't include Texas yet, but Patterson is hopeful it will happen soon.

"They talked potential offer," he said. "They said I had a really good camp and that they should let me know in a few days."

Right now Patterson has offers from Arizona, Akron, Alabama, Auburn, Baylor, Cal, Clemson, Houston, Louisiana Tech, Michigan, Mississippi, Notre Dame, TCU, Tennessee and Virginia Tech.

His brother is a graduate assistant at Arizona, which helps the Wildcats' cause. But his ties with the state of Texas are going to give him plenty to think about should UT offer like many expect.

"I'm committed to Arizona but I am really open to the recruiting process," he said. "It is just cool to compare all the other schools to Arizona. I really love what I saw today at Texas. I really liked what I saw from the coaching staff."

Texas, which picked up a commitment from 2015 four-star QB Zach Gentry several weeks back, has only offered 14 recruits in 2014.

Patterson said he has several friends back in Brownsville that would love for him to go to UT.

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