Patterson Firm After Fedora Call

Like most of North Carolina's verbal commitments and major targets, J.J. Patterson received a phone call from newly hired head coach Larry Fedora over the weekend. The two spoke on Sunday.

"It was a good conversation," Patterson said. "We talked about him getting the job. He watched my film and he said he likes how I come off the ball. He didn't talk about what was going to happen with the rest of the coaching staff."

Prior to the hiring, Patterson's knowledge of Fedora was limited. The 6-foot-4, 309-pound lineman from Roanoke Rapids (N.C.) has since looked into Fedora's background.

"I heard good stuff about him – I heard he was a good coach at Southern Miss," Patterson said. "I talked to Coach [Russell] Weinstein about him and he said [Fedora] is a good coach."

Patterson typically converses with close friend, former teammate, and current Tar Heel Kareem Martin on matters related to UNC. However, the two haven't yet discussed Fedora.

Regardless, Patterson has developed a favorable opinion of Fedora through his research and their phone conversation.

"I got a pretty good vibe from him," Patterson said. "He was pretty enthusiastic and seems like a pretty good coach."

Patterson says his commitment to UNC is firm and he doesn't plan on officially visiting any other school. After the holidays, he will schedule his UNC official trip for sometime in January.

Patterson says he verbally committed to UNC as both an offensive guard and defensive tackle, with an emphasis on defensive tackle. As best as he could tell, that's still the plan under Fedora.

"It doesn't really matter [where I play]," Patterson said. "I've been playing both ways all of my life."

Patterson, who is a two-time Northern Carolina Conference Lineman of the Year, has been selected to play in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl in Arlington, Texas on Dec. 29.

"I'm pretty excited," Patterson said. "It's an honor to be selected – not a lot of people get to play in a game like this."

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