Last week, Bayside (Virginia Beach, VA) class of 2016 wide receiver/defensive back Phillip Patterson narrowed his list of schools to six. While the 6’2”, 180-pound prospect remains solid on Duke, North Carolina, Old Dominion, Penn State, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest, another school likely will make the finalist list as well.
“I think I want to make a top seven,” said Patterson, who scored an offer from Tennessee one day after releasing his top six.
Patterson plans to take a closer look at Tennessee when he visits Knoxville on July 17. Virginia Tech is the only other school still on his list that he has yet to visit. Will a trip to Blacksburg come soon as well?
“I do plan on visiting,” Patterson replied.
Discussing what he likes most about Virginia Tech, Patterson said: “I’ve been cool with Coach Burden since he was at Old Dominion. He was my recruiter there. I talk to Coach Stinespring a lot. I was first recruited by Coach Gray, but since then they switched my position to wide receiver. That’s even better because of my relationship with Coach Burden.”
The Marlins star discussed the other ACC finalists plus Penn State. At this point, he claims no favorite among his finalists.
“In previous interviews I admitted Duke had an advantage because they were the first to offer and also because of the relationship I had with [cornerbacks coach Derek] Jones. I would say they still stand high with the relationship I have with them,” Patterson said.
“When I went there for the Spring Game, there were over 70,000 people there. I’m real cool with [wide receivers coach Josh] Gattis. We talk as much as possible. When I went there, the fans treated us like we were already committed. It’s a good combination of football and academics,” Patterson said.
“I like the facilities. They offer a good chance of me coming in and starting early. When I went there, [co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach Gunter] Brewer was with me the whole day. That showed me I’m one of their main priorities. He told me everything I would be doing position-wise, what plays I would be running,...
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