It has been almost two weeks since he made his college announcement in front of friends and family at Bayside High School (Virginia Beach, VA), but Phillip Patterson is still pumped about his commitment to Virginia Tech.
“It feels great,” said Patterson, who announced his decision on August 1. “It was the best choice for me. I’m excited to be a part of Virginia Tech.”
Patterson, a 6’2”, 185-pound wide receiver/defensive back prospect, spurned offers from Duke, North Carolina, Old Dominion, Penn State, Tennessee and Wake Forest in order to stay in-state and play for the Hokies. The Marlins standout narrowed his list to the above seven schools this summer. He visited all seven schools, including trips to Tennessee and Virginia Tech in July.
“I put in a top six about a month before I committed. Tennessee offered the next day, so it was then a top seven,” Patterson recalled. “I looked at depth charts and saw what coaches really wanted me. I saw who wanted me most. Virginia Tech has plenty of spots open, so I’ll get to compete for early playing time. They said I could wear my number eight. I’ve been wearing that number since the 10th grade. A good friend of mine wore it before, so I want to keep it.”
Patterson had never visited Virginia Tech before attending “Beamer’s Barbecue” on Saturday, July 25. He hung around Blacksburg that Sunday as well before heading home.
“Virginia Tech was definitely at the top of my list anyway before I visited. I had heard they had good coaches and people. I heard they have a good football atmosphere, that the fans are very exciting and things like that. When I got there and saw how genuine everyone is and the program they want to put in, it really sold me,” said Patterson. He will get to experience a game atmosphere in Lane Stadium when he attends the Ohio State game next month.
While on his visit in July, Patterson spoke at length with Hokies true freshman quarterback Dwayne Lawson.
“He didn’t pressure me. He told me to make the best decision for me, but he said if I did pick Virginia Tech I could help make history. He said they have a good coaching staff in place,” said Patterson, who is part of an impressive group of wide receiver recruits Tech has compiled in the class of 2016, joining Divine...
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