Tech in Top 10 for Star DL?

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One of the top defensive linemen in the country has narrowed his list of schools down to 10 and Virginia Tech is among the ones to make the cut. Who else joins the Hokies?

“I’ve narrowed it down to 10,” Richland Northeast (Columbia, SC) star Adam Patterson said. “They are Virginia Tech, South Carolina, Clemson, North Carolina State, Maryland, Auburn, Oklahoma, Michigan, Penn State and Georgia.”

Many factors will go into Patterson’s final decision. The more prominent ones include “atmosphere and I’ll be looking at the depth chart as well,” Patterson said. “I want to see if the school has my major, too. I want to major in Information Technology.”

Patterson says he chose the 10 schools because “some of them I really felt comfortable with. I had a gut feeling about all of them.”

The 6-3, 260-pound Patterson has the ability to play defensive end or defensive tackle on the next level. He’s athletic, exemplified by his 4.64 time in the 40-yard dash during the Nike camp in Athens, Georgia. And he’s also strong, as he has a max bench press of 360 pounds and a max squat of 535.

As a junior last season, he racked up 68 tackles including 11 tackles-for-loss and six sacks at defensive tackle.

“He’s a defensive tackle/defensive end,” Richland Northeast head coach Jay Frye said. “He could play either one this year. He’s extremely fast. He’s very explosive. He’s got great speed, great strength and many consider him to be the top prospect in the state.”

Schools are mixed in terms of which defensive line position they want him to play on the next level.

“It’s either for d-tackle or defensive end,” said Patterson. “I’d rather go with defensive end, though. Some schools are saying either-or, some are saying d-tackle and some are saying d-end.”

The next step in Patterson’s recruitment is to narrow his list down to five. Right now, he is not exactly sure of when that will happen.

“I’m going to narrow it down to five, probably sometime during my season,” said Patterson, who wants to take official visits after his senior season in order to focus on his season. “Or maybe in August.”

When asked if there were any favorites among the 10 finalists, Patterson replied “no, not yet.”

Patterson doesn’t have any set plans to visit schools this summer.

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How did Patterson become interested in Virginia Tech?

“My dad lived in Richmond, Virginia, for