Highlighted by Virginia Tech, Duke, Illinois, San Diego State and Wake Forest, Bayside (Virginia Beach, VA) wide receiver/defensive back Phillip Patterson boasted a solid list of scholarship offers heading into the Spring Evaluation Period. The 6’2”, 178-pound junior’s stock appears to be rising even more, with Penn State and North Carolina extending offers this week.
Penn State offered on Tuesday.
“It’s very exciting,” Patterson said of the PSU offer. “It means a lot to me with the school being at a high level of football mixed with academics. It’s very exciting.”
Patterson noted the atmosphere and the people as positives he took away from Penn State’s Spring Game, which he attended last month.
“When I went there, everything was very live,” he said. “There were over 70,000 people there. The atmosphere was amazing. People were tailgating… it was very live. On campus, everybody was friendly and speaking to you. We took a tour on a golf cart and people were waving. It all hit me. It was a great experience.”
Patterson seemed to like Penn State quite a bit. Is the Big 10 program the favorite?
“I would say it is too early [to name favorites], but I’m definitely very high on that school. I just like everything about them,” Patterson answered.
“There are some teams that have stood out. All of the offers I have are places where I could see myself playing. Teams like Duke offer the same thing as Penn State, which is good football as well as academics. Virginia Tech is like them. There is Wake Forest and ECU. They are all good schools and they are all kind of close to home.”
UNC came through with an offer for the Marlins standout yesterday. The Tar Heels certainly may not be the last program to do so, as Patterson has impressed on the combine circuit following a rock-solid junior season in which he earned second-team all-Coastal conference honors at wide receiver and defensive back.
Patterson demonstrated his overall athleticism at “The Opening: D.C.” in April, when he ran an electronically-timed 4.53-second 40 and 4.24-second shuttle. He posted a 32.8-inch vertical leap as well. While most schools are recruiting Patterson...
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