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Patterson named top African-American athlete

Updated: February 25, 2009, 12:40 PM ET
By Greg Biggins | ESPNRISE.com

LOS ANGELES -- Henry County (McDonough, Ga.) wide receiver and Stanford commit Jamal Patterson was awarded the 19th annual Franklin D. Watkins memorial trophy Saturday in Los Angeles. The award is presented each year to the nation's top African-American male high school scholar-athlete.

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Patterson was among the top receivers in the country and had a big senior season, catching 56 balls for 1,150 yards and 13 touchdowns. Over his four-year varsity career, Patterson ...

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