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.
Patterson Pledges To Hoosiers
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