Virginia Tech In Hot Pursuit Of ATH Phillip Patterson

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In a highly talented Coastal Conference, Bayside (Virginia Beach, VA) junior Phillip Patterson earned 2014 second-team all-conference honors at both wide receiver and defensive back.

“It was a breakout season for me,” said Patterson, who amassed 403 receiving yards and five touchdowns and racked up 43 tackles and six interceptions.

Major FBS-level college coaches, including head coach Frank Beamer and company, have taken notice.

“I have two offers for defensive back and the other six are for wide receiver,” Patterson said. “The two schools recruiting me for defensive back are Duke and Virginia Tech.”

In college “I think I would do well at either side of the ball,” Patterson said. “Defense is the more natural side because you are more free out there, but I think I do well at both positions.”

In addition to the Blue Devils and Hokies, Patterson also claims offers from East Carolina, Illinois, Massachusetts, Navy, San Diego State and Wake Forest.

“Recruiting is going good,” Patterson said. “I’m picking up new offers and stuff. I’m just trying to keep working hard.”

Bayside is a school where in-state rival UVa has enjoyed a run of success in recruiting, most recently landing All-American safety Quin Blanding. Virginia Tech has not enjoyed success at the school recently, but the Hokies are going hard after the 6’2”, 180-pound Patterson.

“I try to talk to either one of two coaches – Coach Gray or Coach Stinespring – once a week. I’ll contact them on Twitter or I’ll call them,” said Patterson, who says Tech likes him as a corner initially. “I’ve never been there. From what I hear it is a live stadium, but I’ve never been. It’s DBU.”

Patterson plans to visit NC State and Penn State this spring. He has been to Duke and Wake Forest. Is a visit to Blacksburg on the horizon?

“I want to get to Virginia Tech, but I have to schedule something,” Patterson said. “I’ve been talking to Coach Stinespring. He sent me all the dates and everything. I just have to schedule something.”

Patterson enjoyed his experiences at Duke and Wake Forest, saying: “I loved both of them. I saw both campuses. At Duke, they took