Two schools seem to be in good shape to land official visits from 6-2, 260-pound Richland Northeast (Columbia, SC) defensive lineman Adam Patterson . Patterson, a 4-star recruit who is one of the top defensive tackle prospects in the country, continues to be heavily recruited by Virginia Tech, which landed top defensive line recruit Hivera Green out of South Carolina in last year’s class.
“I’m still keeping it wide open and giving everyone a chance,” Patterson said. “Right now, I think I’ll probably end up taking officials with South Carolina and Tennessee.”
How about Virginia Tech?
“Oh, yeah, Virginia Tech is definitely still in it,” Patterson said. “It’s a team that I’m still thinking about, but I’m really kind of thinking that I might take [an official visit] to them but I’m not quite sure yet.”
In addition to leading his team to a 10-0 record this season, Patterson has been making recruiting visits as well. He has taken unofficial visits to Auburn, Penn State, South Carolina and Tennessee. Those programs, along with Georgia, N.C. State and Virginia Tech, among others, continue to stay heavily in the hunt with the 4-star prospect.
Asked why South Carolina and Tennessee are two schools likely to get official visits, Patterson said “Tennessee has a name and their facilities are nice and the program is just very good. About [South Carolina], I just feel that they are a program that’s growing. I feel that, in a couple years, they’ll be a really good team.”
Patterson commented on Virginia Tech’s recruitment.
“Their recruiting is similar to other places, but the difference is that their name can actually recruit itself,” Patterson said of Virginia Tech. “With that kind of background and the type of season they are having, the name pretty much recruits itself.”
When decision time comes, comfort level will be the prevailing factor.
“That’s what I’m pretty much basing all my schools off of is the comfort level,” Patterson said. “How I feel around ‘em and what kind of vibe do I actually get from ‘em.”
“We’re the first team in our school’s history to go 10 and 0,” Patterson said. “Things are going good right now.”
Richland Northeast has one more regular season game remaining. It’s this weekend, versus rival Spring...
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