Kendall Patterson, a 6-foot-2, 272-pound defensive tackle from Hyattsville, Md., has given UB a verbal commitment. Patterson informed The Buffalo News of his decision via text message late Tuesday night.
When asked if he verballed to the Bulls, Patterson's text read: "Yes sir!!"
Patterson, who attends DeMatha High School, is one of the top players from the Washington, D.C. area and was offered scholarships by UB, South Florida, Wisconsin, Michigan State, North Carolina State, and Ohio among others.
Patterson, who visited UB last month, had planned an official visit to South Florida on Jan 21 and was considering visits to either Michigan State, UCF, UCLA and Michigan.
Patterson is one of the highest rated prospects from the Bulls Class of 2011 which has now reached 18, including junior college transfer Wyatt Cahill who has already enrolled in school. Patterson is rated a three-star prospect by both Rivals.com and Scout.com.
Here’s ESPN.com’s assessment of Patterson:
Patterson is a kid who appears capable of being able to present a physical and stout presence in the trenches. He appears to have good size and is one of the few kids who actually look's a little bigger then listed on film. He displays the ability to be tough versus the run. Displays a solid get-off. He is physical at the point of attack. Displays good strength to be able to take on a block and hold his ground. You would like to see him create a little better separation, but he brings his hands and displays good upper-body strength to be able to control and disengage from blockers. He is not easy to move off the ball, but he does need to watch his pad level. He can pop up out of his stance and appear to be the high hat on the line and you would like to see him stay lower and utilize more leverage. Really seems best as a run defender between the tackles, but will give effort to pursue to the ball on the perimeter. Comes across as a solid tackler. As a pass rusher he needs to be sure to not attack the whole man and be active with his weapons. Displays the strength to be able to bull rush his way back, but needs to be lower. Patterson is a physical kid. He needs to keep developing aspect of his game, but could be a tough run defender.