Talk to any reporter that covers NC State football recruiting and they'll tell you there's a fairly constant theme when talking to Wolfpack commitments. More often than not you're going to get a yes-sir, no-sir type kid with an outgoing personality and a desire to improve.
A constant under Tom O'Brien has been to target kids that fit his system both on and off the field. What they lack in stars they usually make up for with hard work and coachability. Such is certainly the case with recent NC State commit and Shelby (NC) Crest LB Quinton Patterson.
Patterson fits O'Brien's mold perfectly as pointed out by Crest head coach Mark Barnes in a recent interview with the Shelby Star. Barnes also sent the Pack LB Terrell Manning so he's familiar with what State's looking for in a player.
Barnes told the Star, "You don't have to worry about him being where he's supposed to be and doing what he's supposed to do to represent our school and our community.
"He's going to give it everything he's got," Barnes said. "North Carolina State's getting a very committed guy."
Patterson played a key role in helping lead the Chargers to the state 3A finals the last two years and picked up all conference honors each season.
That was good enough for the Pack and they became the first team to offer with UNC-Charlotte following suit. Schools like Syracuse, Tennessee, Maryland and Virginia Tech were also heavily involved but a June trip to Raleigh all but sealed the deal for Patterson to commit to the Pack. Hosted by Wolfpack LB Sterling Lucas during his visit, Patterson loved what State had to offer.
"I was comfortable with them on my visit a (few) weeks ago," Patterson said. "I just felt like I was at home and I love the coaching staff. I talked to coach Tenuta and told him I was committing. He was really excited about it. He told me coach O'Brien was excited about it as well.
"It was something I really liked. I really liked the school. I really liked the surroundings and they have good people there. Like I said, it just made me feel like I was at home and they have a great coaching staff. From the beginning they just opened up to me."
On film, Patterson looks like the prototype middle linebacker. At 6-0, 225 pounds the rising senior is stout. He shows the ability to diagnose plays quickly which allows him to run down hill and make plays. The rising senior has been timed at 4.72-seconds in the 40-yard dash so he has good speed. With time, Patterson has the potential to develop into an every down contributor for the Pack down the road.
As for recruiting, Patterson said that's in his rear view mirror.
"I'm done with recruiting. I feel like I'm pretty much set on NC State."