VT Offers King’s Fork Standout LB

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King’s Fork (Suffolk, VA) head coach Joe Jones took two of his rising seniors to Tech’s camp on Saturday, including linebacker/running back Dominique Patterson and quarterback LaRay Kindred. Both players performed well, with the former coming away with a scholarship offer from head coach Frank Beamer and company.

Patterson, a 6-1, 203-pound prospect, posted three impressive 40 times in the morning camp session. He ran a 4.55 40, then a 4.5 40 and finally he posted a 4.48-second time before heading off for lunch. He also posted a sub-4.5 time in the shuttle.

“They really liked how Dominique performed in the afternoon,” Jones said. “The camp was rain-shortened, but they were anxious to get him on the defensive side of the ball. Bud worked with him. Coach Beamer was over there getting reps in. They liked him enough to offer him.

Jones added, “We were all excited. He is a good football player. He has a nose for the football. He is the kind of player Tech is looking for on the defensive side of the ball. He is athletic and he can run. East Carolina and Marshall, they’ve been recruiting him. I think they’re going to offer, too.”

Patterson played on the varsity level as a sophomore and was slated to play running back and linebacker last season, which was Coach Jones’ first as King’s Fork head coach. But a broken wrist in the Bulldogs season opener meant that Patterson would play only defense for the rest of the season.

“He has kind of gone under the radar,” Jones said of Patterson, who led the team in sacks last season and finished with around 60 tackles. “I think he has gone under the radar because of the injury he had last year. He was a heck of a player for us on defense last year. He has gotten stronger and faster since then. He hasn’t missed a workout since basketball season ended.”

Coach Jones played Patterson, who returned for King’s Fork’s fourth regular season game last year and played the rest of the way with a cast, in an outside linebacker position in a 3-5-3 defensive set. If Patterson chooses Virginia Tech, Coach Jones believes his standout would play linebacker and could play any of the linebacker positions in Bud Foster’s defense.

“I think he could play multiple linebacker spots,” Jones said. “If you look at Virginia