In the past year, Christ Presbyterian Academy (Tenn.) linebacker Kane Patterson has visited tons of schools that have recruited him. Now at 20 offers, most recently from Virginia Tech, Texas A&M and Kentucky, Patterson wanted to get a feel for what’s out there. He saw games at schools like Ohio State, Alabama and Notre Dame.
For Patterson (5-foot-11, 212 pounds), Rivals’ No. 15 inside linebacker for 2019, the myriad of stops doesn’t necessarily mean he’s closer to deciding. But more visits are coming, as he tries to get a better feel for which schools stand out to him. Patterson is heeding his father’s advice and taking his time with his recruitment.
“It’s like getting married,” Patterson said. “You’ve got to see what you like and see what you don’t. That’s what my dad always tells me. You don’t want to decide after three weeks of knowing some girl. That’s usually a disaster.”
On Wednesday, Patterson visited Duke. He spent all day on campus and attended the Blue Devils’ basketball game that night against Virginia Tech.
“It went really well,” Patterson said. “We pretty much had the whole day planned out, from meeting Coach (David) Cutcliffe in the morning, to meeting professors and going to the Duke basketball game. It was a pretty wild day. I was really impressed. Coach Cutcliffe, he’s awesome. I really like Duke and I can’t wait to keep talking to them and growing closer.”
Though Patterson has only seen the Hokies on the basketball court, he said he considers them a strong option in football. But because Virginia Tech just offered on Feb. 2, Patterson said he’s still getting acquainted.
“I don’t know as much about them yet,” he said. “I’m getting used to them for sure. I talked to Coach (Bud) Foster the other day, which was awesome. I heard he’s a great defensive coordinator and just good at what he does.”
Though it was brief, Patterson...
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