Prized Mississippi prospect Javon Patterson appears set to stay in the Southeast for his collegiate career.
The 6'4", 290-pound Petal High School standout shared an SEC-heavy list of favorites during a recent conversation with 247Sports reporter Keith Niebuhr (subscription required).
“I have a top five, in no order, of Florida, Auburn, Alabama, Ole Miss and [Mississippi] State,” he told Niebuhr.
Patterson left both in-state SEC options in the equation, while remaining open to playing for a pair of programs he visited last fall—Auburn and Alabama. Each of those four teams extended scholarship offers prior to the start of his junior season and have hosted him since.
Florida joined the pursuit this March and is still waiting for a campus visit from Patterson.
The U.S. Army All-American Bowl selection experienced a strong sample of SEC competition last November. He sat in the stands at Jordan-Hare Stadium as Auburn overcame Alabama in an Iron Bowl for the ages.
Patterson spent more time with the Tigers during an unofficial visit in late March.
He is rated No. 2 among offensive guards in 247Sports' composite rankings. Patterson lands on the nationwide list at No. 53 overall.
His skill set was on full display during the Birmingham Nike Football Training Camp in April. He exhibited excellent quickness for an interior lineman, completing the 40-yard dash in 5.12 seconds.
Not every SEC contender landed on Patterson's short list of top options. Tennessee and LSU were left out of the top five, along with North Carolina, Miami and Southern Miss.
In the coming months, his recruitment will once again prove that conference battles are often waged well beyond the field. Patterson plans to announce his commitment in November, according to Niebuhr.
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