Top Camp Performer Commits to VT

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Virginia Tech’s second summer camp has yielded another 2010 class commitment. The Hokies have received 2010 class verbal commitment #12, from a prospect the staff offered at Saturday’s camp. Tech’s newest commit informed primary recruiter Curt Newsome of his decision earlier this evening.

“I talked to Coach Newsome earlier to ask him some questions. I liked what I heard. I liked Virginia Tech. I’ve always liked it. I called him back and told him I wanted to commit,” said King’s Fork (Suffolk, VA) linebacker/running back Dominique Patterson .

“When I called earlier, I wanted to know how many linebackers they planned on signing, if I would red-shirt and if I would get playing time after I’d red-shirted. He told me I would be red-shirted, which I don’t mind. He said it is all up to me after that. I must impress the coaches. If I don’t get playing time, it’s my fault. I liked that.

“It was important to find somewhere I’d fit in. Virginia Tech is the place and the right decision for me. It is not too far from home, so my family can see me play, but it is not too close.”

Patterson’s mother, who was ecstatic to hear about the scholarship offer on Saturday, was further pleased at the decision her son made this evening.

“She congratulated me and said she was happy for me,” Patterson said. “She said I’ve made her proud. I get a free education. Going on to college, I’m making her proud.”

A 6-1, 203-pound prospect with 4.5-second (hand-timed) speed in the 40, Patterson racked up around 60 tackles and led the team in sacks last season as a junior. He plays outside linebacker in King’s Fork’s 3-5-3 scheme and has potential at multiple positions at Virginia Tech.

“Coach Newsome said I’ll still keep the title of athlete right now. They think I can play multiple linebacker positions and I think I could play other positions, too,” said Patterson, who posted a 4.48-second time in the 40 at Tech’s camp. “More than likely I’ll be an inside linebacker or outside linebacker, but right now I’m an athlete.”

Playing through most of last season with a broken wrist, a healthy Patterson now looks forward to a standout 2009 season. Having chosen his future destination

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