Phillip Patterson reopened his recruitment following Frank Beamer’s announcement that this year would be his last as Virginia Tech head coach. Mutual interest remains between the Hokies and the Bayside (Virginia Beach, VA) senior, an All-Conference 1 selection at wide receiver and defensive back this season.
New Tech head coach Justin Fuente has spoken with Patterson. Yesterday morning, “Coach Foster was in,” Bayside head coach Jon White said. “They talked. I let them speak in private… I try not to get in the mix.”
White added that Wake Forest coaches were expected in-home with Patterson last night, and North Carolina and Penn State round out the schools definitely on Patterson’s list at this point.
“It was after UNC got a big win. They came the next day and talked to Phil. They said, ‘We know you are open now. We want you.’ Penn State did the same thing,” White said.
What’s the next step for the 6’2″, 185-pound prospect as he looks to finalize his college plans?
“I do know he wants to set up officials. He’s in the process of doing that,” said White, who does not believe any dates have been scheduled as of yet.
With a Dead Period beginning on December 14 (and lasting through January 13), if no visits have been scheduled yet it appears Patterson may just wait until January to make some those trips. Coach White isn’t sure how many officials the standout athlete will take.
“I do know he doesn’t want to wait until Signing Day to decide,” White said.
Patterson told TechSideline.com last month that he was “definitely still considering” Virginia Tech. I expect VT to definitely get a visit. I think Patterson may visit one or two others before making his final commitment. At this point I like the Hokies’ chances at getting him back in the fold.
All four schools mentioned above like Patterson as a receiver.
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