Even though Dallas Skyline linebacker Dominique Patterson had listed Texas A&M as a leader for his services for several months since his first junior day visit, teams such as LSU, Tennessee, Minnesota, Stanford, and Kansas State were pushing hard for his services and in recent weeks the 6-foot, 215-pound outside linebacker appeared to be warming to other suitors. However, a second trip back to Texas A&M sealed the deal as the Aggies bagged its first linebacker commitment in the 2010 class and nobody was happier than head coach Mike Sherman.
"I had been thinking about it (committing) and I talked to my mother about it," Patterson said. "After practice I went in to talk to Coach Sherman and he asked me how I felt about Texas A&M and I said ‘I want to come here. I want to commit.' I think he was surprised and he came over and hugged me. He was pretty excited."
While the Aggies have been on his mind for some time, it was some conversations with current A&M players that seemed to push him over the top and pledge his commitment to Coach Sherman and the Texas A&M coaching staff.
"I was talking to some current players and some of them had transferred to A&M from other schools," Patterson said. "They told me to go where my heart was and not to worry about the other stuff you hear. They said they went to other schools for the wrong reasons and they weren't happy and later had to transfer. I always feel comfortable there at A&M and with the coaches, so I figured now is the time."
Patterson's highly regarded teammate, linebacker Corey Nelson, was also at Texas A&M's junior day and happened to pass Patterson as he was coming out of Coach Sherman's office.
"He said to me ‘You did it didn't you'," Patterson said. "I smiled and he knew. He likes A&M too, but he's just not ready to end it yet. I'm glad to get it out of the way so I can focus on my offseason and get ready for my senior year."
While Patterson admitted that he'll keep an eye open to his situation throughout the year until he signs, he plans to shut down the recruiting process for the time being and doesn't plan to look at other schools unless the situation changes at Texas A&M. He hopes to make it back for the Aggies' spring game on April 18.
As a junior, the playmaking Patterson with 4.5 flat forty speed joined with teammate Corey Nelson to form the most dangerous and intimidating linebacker corps in the state of Texas. The pair led a defensive unit that pushed opponents to the limit and allowed Skyline to advance to state quarterfinals.
Patterson Makes A Verbal Pledge
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