Va. Beach Duo Talks ECU Offers
As 2015 recruits faxed in letters of intent on Tuesday, their teammates more than likely looked on in awe, hoping that they too would too have the opportunity to one day declare their college football destinations. For 2018 Virginia Beach, Va., linebacker Teradja Mitchell, who East Carolina has kept close tabs on, watching his teammates go through the process has only increased his desire to announce his decision when the time arrives. “It actually motivated me,” Mitchell said. “I saw three football players from my team sign and it really motivated me to keep working hard and maybe one day I’ll get to do it.” The Bayside High School product got one step closer to that goal after he was offered by ECU on Jan. 29, but Mitchell wasn’t the only player at his school to receive a scholarship offer from the Pirates. His teammate, Phillip Patterson, — a 2016 6-foot-2 receiver/defensive back — was also offered by the Pirates on the same day. “It was a blessing from god,” said Mitchell, who also fielded offers from Clemson, N.C. State, South Carolina and Virginia Tech. “I always thought about playing for them and playing under coach McNeill. It’s a blessing.” Mitchell’s enthusiasm stems from his ties to the program. His cousins are current Pirates’ outside linebacker Jeton Beavers and defensive lineman Demetri McGill. Both are from Virginia and have been in touch with him throughout the recruiting process. “As of right now, [ECU is high on my list],” Mitchell said. “If they’re interested in me then I’m interested in them.” ECU isn’t alone in recruiting the rising sophomore, however. Maryland and Clemson are next on Mitchell’s list of schools to visit with. His Clemson visit is scheduled for March 7. His teammates’ location isn’t the only thing drawing the 6-foot-2, 210-pound Mitchell’s interest in ECU, but also the program’s proximity to his home its overall track record. “It’s a local school. It’s very close to home and my cousins go there,” said Mitchell. “I really like how they’ve progressed beating some of these top ranked teams. They have a very good record.” In addition to ECU, Patterson has offers from Duke, Wake Forest and Virginia Tech. However, Pirate coaches wouldn’t tell Patterson which position he would play if he chose the school, but — for the time being —their interest in him was satisfactory. “They told me that they weren’t going to go into what position they were offering me because they like me on both sides of the ball,” said Patterson. “They just wanted to extend the offer.” Although it has yet to be established, Patterson still has a pretty good idea of exactly where his position on the field would be. “I would say safety [is my preferred spot],” he said. “Defense is more of a natural position and I feel more free as far as the things I can do and I just like it more.” Though recruiting is sure to pick up for the Patterson and the rest of the 2016 recruits, the Bayside product has yet to rank any of the schools that offered him. “I really like (ECU), but I wouldn’t say that I have a rank yet because I haven’t gotten that far into it,” said Patterson. “But I’m definitely very interested in the school and I like the colors and I like the program that they run there.” According to Patterson, the football program has taken a back seat to what he hopes to accomplish off the field. “First of all I want to see what (academic) programs that they have as far as what I want to do if I don’t make it in football,” said Patterson. “Also I want to go to a football team where there’s not conflict and everyone is a family. There can’t be much separation and everyone needs to be on one team and working toward the same goal.” Neither Patterson nor Mitchell has visited ECU yet but both hope to attend camp there during the spring or summer.
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