3-star running back Jaziun Patterson explains why he committed to Iowa
Editor’s note: Deerfield Beach, Florida, senior running back Jaziun Patterson wrote the following first-person story to explain why he committed to the University of Iowa.
The 5-foot-11, 180-pound Patterson announced his decision on Tuesday night. He received more than 20 Power 5 offers and narrowed his list to three finalists: Iowa, South Carolina and Auburn.
This wasn’t that hard of a decision for me. I like Iowa. I like the people there.
I feel their intentions are genuine. I don’t feel like they’re trying to trick me into coming to their school. The way they were played a big part for me. It’s important, the people you surround yourself with.
Iowa is a lot different from South Florida.
Snow? I’ve never seen it. But there’s a first time for everything. I have jackets for cold weather, so I’ll be good.
I like that everything on campus is so close. The dorms are close to the football facility, so it’s easy to maneuver and get around quick.
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It’s kind of crazy that my recruitment is over now because it’s been such a big part of my life for the last three years. It’s been a lot of ups and downs. It started out really fast and then it slowed down in 2020 primarily because of the uncertainty of the pandemic, and it just picked up again around June.
I got my first offer in ninth grade during the playoffs from Rutgers. I wasn’t expecting it at all.
It really picked up during the spring in 2019. Coach Glenn used to tell me almost every day that college coaches came by asking about me and watching my film.
Then it all slowed down during the pandemic. I didn’t get a spring, summer, none of that. Most of 2020, I sat around the house and put on weight. I put on like 20 or 30 pounds. I couldn’t really do anything outside the house from fear of covid until November.
Last season I played at 215 pounds. I felt way different. I didn’t feel good at all – physically or mentally. I couldn’t really move the way I wanted to. I was more like a power back and I couldn’t really get away from defenders. When I lost the weight, I felt way better. I felt like myself again.
I’m aiming for big year this year. I’m aiming for 2,000 rushing yards and 30 touchdowns. I want to make it my best year out of all my years.
If you’re an Iowa fan, here’s what you should know about me: I’m humble. I work hard and I’m a competitor. I love competition.
And I’m ready.