Patience paid off for Phillip Patterson on Thursday.
When Patterson, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound wide receiver from Virginia Beach (Va.) Bayside, attended North Carolina’s spring scrimmage over a month ago, he had hoped to leave with a UNC scholarship offer. Instead, he was asked to be patient.
“When I was there, I did get a good feeling that they were going to offer [at some point],” Patterson said. “But I didn’t want to jump to any conclusions. They told me they were going to talk to me in the spring and I needed to stay patient.”
In the month that followed, Patterson formed a relationship with Gunter Brewer, UNC’s wide receivers coach.
“We’ve been talking over Twitter establishing a relationship and getting to know each other better,” Patterson said.
The foundation of the Brewer-Patterson relationship was set following UNC’s spring scrimmage, which was held in Chapel Hill in late March. After a campus tour, Patterson met with Brewer in his office.
“He told me what would be my role if I came there,” Patterson said. “He showed me film and let me go through the film. We talked about the school.”
The situation culminated on Thursday when Brewer, along with area recruiter Larry Porter, made an evaluation visit to Bayside. Upon their arrival, Patterson was working out in the weight room before eventually making his way to the gym for football specific drills. Prior to departing, Brewer and Porter told Mario Phillips, Bayside’s assistant coach, that Patterson had a UNC offer. Phillips immediately shared the news with Patterson.
“It means a lot,” Patterson said. “UNC is close to home and I have family that lives around Chapel Hill.”
UNC is the 10th school to offer Patterson. He has also received offers from Duke, East Carolina, Illinois, UMass, Navy, Penn State, San Diego State, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest.
Patterson is hesitant to anoint favorite labels to schools, but he did reveal that Duke, East Carolina, Illinois, Penn State, UNC, and Virginia Tech were somewhat sticking out.
“Whenever I’m looking at a school I’m looking for a combination of good football and good academics,” Patterson said. “I just see that in all those schools. And then also it’s a good spot for me to come in and be able to start.”
After learning of the UNC offer, Patterson phoned Brewer.
“When I talked to Coach Brewer, he told me to come back down and get to know the receivers better by talking to them,” Patterson said. “Not just the receivers, I want to get to know the whole team in case I do end up going there I want to know my future teammates. And also, I want to know what type of school it is.”
Patterson says that his return to UNC will likely take place this summer. He also hopes to return to Duke, Penn State, and Wake Forest this summer. He’s scheduled to visit East Carolina on Saturday, but says that the trip is in jeopardy. He’s also trying to work on a date to see Virginia Tech.
In 2014, Patterson accumulated 403 yards and five touchdowns in receptions. He also made 43 tackles and six interceptions while playing defensive back.
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