Bayside WR/DB Phillip Patterson Reopens Recruitment

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In the wake of Frank Beamer’s announcement that this season will be his last as Virginia Tech head coach, Bayside (Virginia Beach, VA) 3-star recruit Phillip Patterson has decided to reopen his recruitment. Patterson, a 6’2″, 185-pound senior wide receiver/defensive back, revealed his decision via Twitter.

“First I would like to thank the entire Virginia Tech coaching staff for extending their offer. Also, I would like to especially thank coach (Zohn) Burden for always being there for me throughout this whole process. With that being said I would like to announce that I have decided to reopen my recruiting process to all schools interested in me.” – Patterson wrote.

Duke, North Carolina, Penn State, Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest extended scholarship offers to Patterson earlier in the process. He verbally committed to the Hokies on August 1, one week after taking an unofficial visit to Blacksburg.

Virginia Tech now has 16 verbal commitments in the class of 2016. Patterson was recruited by Tech as a wide receiver, a position that still remains a strength for the Hokies in this class.

Stay tuned to for comments from Patterson, including where he plans to go from here and where Virginia Tech stands in his recruitment.

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  1. He had to assume that CFB had one more year left max anyway so i don’t understand thinking like this. He likely would not have played in his first year and CFB would have been gone, so what was his plan then, to transfer as a redshirt freshman if CFB retired in 2016 instead of 2015?
    Football will continue at Virginia Tech. Mr Patterson, the loss is yours.

  2. Who cares. We need to stop falling all over these 2 and 3 star recruits. Good luck young man in whatever you do, too bad for you it won’t be in a VT uniform!

  3. I can’t blame the kid. He has no clue who the HC is gonna be, what system is gonna be run, and whatever the old staff sold him as a recruit is null and void at point. Wish him the best of luck and go Hokies.

  4. This could be “Stinking Thinking” syndrome on his part. Here, he’s knows he’s in a program that is searching for a few more “GOOD” WR recruits to compliment Ford and Phillips and most likely get some early playing time if you can preform on the field. So, what does he do? He decides to opt out. Guess it is probably for the best though. He doesn’t seem have gotten to the part about Hokie family, loyalty, etc. Perhaps the new HC will, as McHokie suggests, be able to give his spot to a 4 or 5, you never know.

    SEE YA! Mr. Patterson

  5. Coach Burden must have seen something he liked in Mr. Patterson. Do not give up on him yet.

    The young man has to make sure at least that other doors are open. Hope he stays and helps to recruit other players from his home town.

  6. You win championships with talent and coaching. Forget decent offer lists. The next head coach has to be a top ten recruiter.

  7. Good for him, hope it all works out for him. This gives our new coach a chance to reel in a better player (4 or 5 star)!!!

    GO HOKIES!!!

    1. Just remember the number of 2 and 3 star recruits who ended up as stars. Not saying Patterson is one of those but you never know when the recruiting services get it wrong. That said, he could actually end up less effective than a typical 3*. Just don’t rely on the recruiting services for determining who will be a “better” player. He has a decent offer list.

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