Rated just a two-star prospect by Scout.com, Shelby (NC) Crest linebacker Quinton Patterson wasn't even in the same star-ranking zip code as national recruits Greg Gilmore, Larenz Bryant and Tyquan Lewis when the Shrine Bowl kicked off on Saturday.
However, Patterson proved to be one of the most consistent play makers on defense and after a six tackle, two tackles for loss performance against South Carolina, came away with defensive MVP honors over his much ballyhooed teammates.
For Patterson, it simply boiled down to being where he was supposed to be on the field and making sure he did his job.
"Actually I came out, I didn't know how it was going to be as far as how South Carolina ran their plays," Patterson told Pack Pride. "I just knew we had to go out there and make plays. We had to go out there and execute and that's what I did. I went out and just played hard and I ended up playing a good game."
Patterson helped Crest to a 10-3 record and the second round of the playoffs in 2012. With his high school career now complete, the senior ‘backer now turns his focus to college.
After originally committing to former Wolfpack coach Tom O'Brien, Patterson had to familiarize himself with State's new leader. He had a chance to do that for the first time last week.
"I talked to coach Doeren [the week of the Shrine Bowl] for the first time actually," he said. "It went good. He was basically telling me what defense they're going to be running next year and how the team is looking right now. He's excited to get us up there."
Patterson added that the talk with coach Doeren helped solidify his plans to attend NC State.
"Right now, I'm done with recruiting and I'm solid for NC State."