Patterson Reopens Recruiting

Class of 2016 recruit Phillip Patterson decommitted from Virginia Tech and reopened his recruiting process last week. IES caught up with the wide receiver to talk about his ECU offer and more.

Less than a week ago Phillip Patterson decommitted from Virginia Tech to reopen his recruiting process. The Bayside High School (Virginia Beach, VA) wide receiver had committed to the Hookies on August 1st but after multiple discussions decided that it was not the best fit.

“I just talked to the athletic director and my position coach and I just talked it over with my family and I decided that it would be the best decision for myself and not knowing what the future holds right now, I just wanted to make sure that everything will be good.”

The 6-foot-2, 180-pound wide receiver has a total of 15 offers from schools such as Duke, East Carolina, North Carolina, San Diego State, Tennessee, Wake Forest and more. The senior said that he plans to take more visits but he isn’t going to rush into anything.

ECU is one of the schools that Patterson hopes to visit in the future. Although he has not been on campus before he has seen them play and thinks that his skillset could fit into ECU’s offense.

“I like that they are a spread offense team and they throw the ball a lot and they get the ball into the wide receivers hands and let them work in space,” Patterson explained. “I just like how their offense works and I’ve talked to coach Wiley and he tells me that I come there and have a big impact on the team.”

Patterson said that his length is one of his biggest strengths. Combing his length with speed and agility the receiver is able to work from sideline to sideline.

The receiver said that he would like to commit before signing day, February 3rd. Patterson noted some of the factors that will go into the decision.

 “I just want to make sure that the team is a tight-knit family with no separation or clicks and everybody is playing for each other,” Patterson explained. “I want to make sure that the school is offering my major, either psychology or physical therapy, and just making sure that I can get that in hand and play early getting into the rotation.”

Another plus that ECU has shown Patterson is their ability to compete at the high level with other power schools. While that isn’t at the top of his factor list he did note that it was a plus. The opportunity to play at the next level is certainly an idea that Patterson has for a very long time and one he won’t take for granted.

“It means the world to me,” Patterson said. “It’s always been my dream. Most kids dream about going to the NFL but I always wanted to play college football and get the college experience of living away from home, being on your own, and just being a part of a brotherhood on a college football team.”

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