CB Malcolum Patterson, Jonesboro-Hodge High School
One of the most undervalued defensive backs in North Louisiana just might be Malcolum Patterson from Jonesboro-Hodge High School. The team has not had a lot of wins over the last couple of years but Patterson has become a solid player for the Tigers. Patterson is one of those players that does everything well. He has good ball skills and his playmaking ability puts him in close range of becoming the school’s leader in interceptions and does a good job of knocking the ball away from the receiver. Patterson has a long and athletic frame with his 6-1, 170 lb. frame and has legit 4.5/40 speed. Over his career, Patterson has locked down opponents starting wide receivers and when you have a player that you can trust to go against some of the best receivers in North Louisiana and be competitive, you know that you have a talented and a discipline player on your hands. Not to mention, he is a sure tackler as well. Jonesboro-Hodge Head Coach Terrance Blankenship believes that his reliable defensive back doesn’t have the numbers but he gets the job done against really good competition.
“Malcolum Patterson is a hard worker,” Blankenship said. “He is a good kid and does whatever we tell him to do. So far, he has two interceptions on the season including one for a touchdown. Malcolum is our most reliable cornerback. This year, we played some really good competition so hopefully, in the next couple of games, we can get a chance to add to his stats.”
This year, the Tigers are 2-5 but have faced some really tough teams like Ruston, Winnfield, Many High School, and Red River. The team won last game against Lakeside 48-6 and the team has another three games to make a push at making the playoffs. Having a lockdown and reliable cornerback like Malcolum Patterson would make it much easier for the Tigers to succeed. We caught up on the underrated cornerback from Jonesboro-Hodge High School as he talked about the season, recruiting, strengths and weaknesses to his game, the game that he is looking forward to and so much more in today’s recruiting interview!
LAFM: What’s your name, age, position, and school you play for?
My name is Malcolum Patterson. I am 17. My position is cornerback, and I play for Jonesboro-Hodge.
LAFM: What’s your height and weight?
My height is 6’1, and my weight is 170.
LAFM: What’s your ACT and GPA score?
My ACT is a 18, and my GPA is a 2.7.
LAFM: What’s your 40 yard time, max bench press, squat max, and vertical?
My 40 is a 4.48. My bench press is 250 lbs., my squat is 340 lbs., and my vertical is 30 inches.
LAFM: What’s your stats and accomplishments from last year?
My stats from last season were 78 tackles, two forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries, and seven pass deflections.
LAFM: Do you have any offers from any colleges? If so, have you received any interests from colleges?
I don’t have any offers, but I have many schools interested.
LAFM: The team is off to a slow start at 2-5. What does the team need to do to end the season on a high note?
With our 2-5 record, we need to do better on offense to win.
LAFM: What are your individual goals this season?
My individual goals for this season is to break the interception record.
LAFM: What are your strengths as a cornerback?
My strengths as a cornerback is that I can defend the deep ball with my big frame and my speed.
LAFM: What are some areas to your game that you need to improve on?
Areas of my game that I need to improve is my hands.
LAFM: What is the best part about playing on Friday nights?
The best thing about playing on Friday nights is to hear my mom up their cheering and seeing that smile on her face.
LAFM: Is there a game that sticks out to your mind playing for Jonesboro-Hodge?
The Game that sticks out to me is the Ruston game because of the good competition.
LAFM: You are a good tackler and you are fundamentally sound. How difficult is tackling somebody in the open field and is there any advice to other defensive backs on how to make tackles in the open field?
My advice for the other defensive backs is when it come to tackling, hit them like they are your worse enemy and always keep your feet moving.
LAFM: What do you like to do when the season is over?
When the season ends, I would love to go to the next level on a scholarship to at the NAIA or JUCO level. It doesn’t matter as long as my mom doesn’t have to pay.
LAFM: What do you want to do when your football career is over?
When my football career over, I want to give back to my community and become a track coach.
LAFM: If you had to compare yourself to a college or NFL player, who would it be and why?
I would compare myself to Josh Norman (former NFL cornerback for the Carolina Panthers currently playing for the Washington Redskins) because our frames are similar and he is a lockdown corner that didn’t have the best grade and didn’t go D-I but still made it to the NFL.
LAFM: Is there anybody that you would like to give a shout out to?
The people I want to shout out is my mom (Samantha Henry), my brother (Malik Henry), and my coaches: Coach Bell (James Bell) and Coach Hick (Carlos Hicks)
LAFM: What is the team that you are looking forward to playing the most on the rest of the schedule?
The team I’m looking to play next is Calvary Baptist.
LAFM: Is there anybody in your family that has played high school, college, or even professional football?
LAFM: What do you want to tell all the college scouts reading this article?
I want to tell the scouts to give me a chance and I will not disappoint. I will be a playmaker on your team.
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