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Football: Longmont’s Keegan Patterson all-in on self, walking on at USC

Patterson primed to compete for Trojans at QB

Longmont High School junior quarterback Keegan ...
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Longmont High School junior quarterback Keegan Patterson poses for a portrait before a team practice on Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, in Longmont, Colo.

Whether on the football field of the basketball court, Longmont’s Keegan Patterson has certainly left plenty of opponents bedazzled at his athleticism and go-for-broke mentality.

So it is no surprise that Patterson is all-in on chasing a dream that is simply on another level.

On Sunday night, Patterson announced via Twitter that he was taking his passion for the game to Los Angeles, opting to walk-on at Southern California where he will pursue a spot on the Trojans’ roster as a quarterback.

He had verbally committed to Colorado School of Mines, but recent developments led him to an opportunity that he simply could not pass up.

“I have a lot of support from a lot of people, who have always pushed me to dream big,” Patterson said Monday night. “You dream big and do what it takes to go chase those dreams.”

Electrifying the gridiron the past three seasons — accumlating 8,869 total yards (7,053 passing and 1,816 rushing) along with 91 combined touchdowns (52 pass, 39 otherwise) — Patterson has proven to be not only one of the best dual-threat QBs in Class 4A, but also in the entire state of Colorado.

New USC coach Lincoln Riley and the Trojans staff recognized this budding talent, despite being what many colleges deemed undersized.

The 6-foot, 180-pound Patterson admitted as much as to why a lot of his Division I offers kind of stalled, calling it a “frustrating part of the recruiting process.”

The tradition and prestige of USC goes without saying, but the Trojans have undergone a lot of changes the past few years including the addition of Riley, who was wooed to L.A. from Oklahoma. Patterson said he did not have any talks with USC until the coach transition.

But the current staff in place sure did make him feel wanted, and Patterson simultaneously felt like the rebuild of the program into national prominance includes him.

“USC was a pretty recent thing that came up, probably within the last month or so,” Patterson said. “Everyone I talked to was just super genuine. It’s a staff that remembers their roots, and it seems like there’s a quality, friendly, homestyle-type of vibe where everyone’s working together. Building a championship culture.

“Every aspect of what they’re trying to build there is toward a championship culture at the highest level there is. That’s one thing that I like about the opportunity I’ve been given.”

Collegiate rosters are fluid as they’ve ever been, and the transfer portal has weighed in on USC’s quarterback room with only two scholarship QBs on roster — neither of which played significant snaps. For Patterson, the chance to wriggle into the mix is all he’s concerned with right now, and the work he puts in is his primary focus.

“My first priority is to go and compete, compete for playing time and compete to be the guy,” he said. “I won’t run from the competition that I’ll face at a school like that.”

Patterson will report to USC this summer.