Bo knows how to play football.
James Island High School standout Bo Patterson is the school's most versatile football player since NFL Pro Bowl wide receiver Roddy White starred for the Trojans in the late 1990s.
Patterson, a 6-1, 185-pound senior, has a resume that includes the following positions: wide receiver, slot receiver, fullback, tailback, safety, cornerback, quarterback, return man, PAT holder and long snapper.
"One day we were just messing around, and I tried long snapping," said Patterson. "Turns out that I wasn't bad at it. If they ever need it, I'm there."
Patterson was one of the top wide receivers in the Lowcountry last fall and the best in James Island history, at least statistically. He broke White's school record for receptions in a season in 2009, and finished with 75 catches for more than 1,000 yards. He moves over to quarterback this fall, and will direct an offense that should be effective when the Trojans run the Wildcat formation.
"Sometimes he throws an ugly ball," said James Island coach John Patterson, who happens to be Bo's father. "But he's pretty accurate."
It takes muscle and skill to be a successful football player. You also have to be intelligent to play as many positions as Patterson does.
Coastal Carolina has already offered him a scholarship, and he's on the short list of some major programs such as North Carolina State and East Carolina. He ran a 4.48 in the 40-yard dash on grass during a Shrine Bowl combine.
But what makes Patterson's resume so refreshing is his 4.28. That's his GPA, and that, along with his 27 on the ACT, has just about all of the Ivy League schools interested.
"Harvard and Dartmouth tell him, 'You are our guy,' " coach Patterson said. "That's something like $60,000 a year to go to Harvard. But Bo's worked hard. He's 16th in his class of 346. His ACT score converted to SAT is 1250.
"That's how you get good grades, by doing the work," Bo Patterson said. "It's not always about being smart. You have to go to class, pay attention and do the work."
Patterson, who will make his season debut tonight at St. John's, said he never thought about attending an Ivy League school.
"It's really intriguing," he said. "They've come in and showed interest. I would like to check out two or three of the campuses."
In the meantime, Patterson slides under center to play quarterback.
"It's a change," he said. "I'm really excited about getting the ball every play. We won't be as pass-oriented as we were last year. We'll try to be more balanced."