"We started out 7-0 but then lost our last three games so we missed out on the playoffs," Patterson said. "I didn't play in those last three games because I hurt my ankle, I wanted to try and play but was never really 100 percent. It was a bad feeling losing those games and not being able to help my team."
Patterson, 5-foot-7 and 165 pounds, has also decided to end the recruiting process.
"I committed to Ohio," he said. "I chose Ohio first and foremost because they're ranked in the country in overall academics. I'm graduating early so I can play next fall. I feel like I have a chance to play early and help the team soon. The school has 20,000 students so it's not too big, not too small. The players love it there, they talk really highly of everything, and the freshman told me they loved it there. Also, I felt like the coaches were straight forward with me about everything. It just felt right."
Patterson, who projects as a full qualifier, said another reason for his decision was his relationship with the coaches there.
"I talk Coach to Coach Lightner, Coach Albin, and Coach Solich," he said. "They're really cool, I like the staff a lot. I'm now finished with recruiting."