Patterson Pledges To Hoosiers

Linebacker remains a position of need for the Hoosiers in this year's recruiting class, and IU Coach Terry Hoeppner has addressed that with his most recent commitment.

Linebacker remains a position of need for the Hoosiers in this year's recruiting class, and IU Coach Terry Hoeppner has addressed that with his most recent commitment.

Will Patterson, a 6-1, 215-pound linebacker from Indianapolis Lawrence North H.S., became the 13th player to pledge to the Hoosiers Saturday after the Indiana-Purdue game. He is also the sixth in-state player to pledge to the Hoosiers, joining Hamilton Heights' offensive linemen Cody Faulkner and James Brewer; Indianapolis defensive end Greg Middleton; Bloomington quarterback Ben Chappell and Elkhart defensive tackle Deonte Mack.

"I committed to Indiana on Saturday," said Patterson. "I was in town for the Indiana and Purdue game I was talking it over with Bill Lynch and then we both went over to Coach Hep and I told Coach Hep I wanted to play for him."

Patterson anchored a Lawrence North team that knocked off No. 1 Warren Central during the regular season. The middle linebacker averaged better than 10 tackles per game and also had five sacks and three interceptions as well.

Indiana loses a trio of linebackers to graduation in the off-season. Starters Kyle Killion and John Pannozzo, along with part-time starter Josh Moore, must be replaced.

Patterson was also considering Kentucky, Illinois, Purdue, Miami (Ohio) and Toledo.

HoosierNation.com will have more on the Patterson commitment later today.

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