The University of Virginia football is now up to 16 verbal commitments in the class of 2021 thanks to a pledge from Charlie Patterson, a 6’6”, 275-pound offensive line prospect out of Fellowship Christian School in Roswell, Georgia.
Patterson, who is rated a 3-star prospect by Rivals.com, announced his decision via Twitter.
“Let me start by thanking all the coaches, family and friends who have helped me through this process,” Patterson wrote in the tweet below. “I would especially like to thank my coaches at Fellowship, Coach Jetavius Sanders, and Willie Anderson. I couldn’t have done this without all of you. I have been blessed to play with a great group of guys at Fellowship who pushed me and made me a better player. Thank you to my parents and family for your support and helping guide me through this process of making this very important decision. Thank you to Coach Tujague and Coach Mendenhall for making this an easy decision. I already feel like part of the family and can’t wait to get started!!!
“With all this being said, I am super happy to say I have committed to the University of Virginia!!!”
— Charlie Patterson (@CharliePatt78) July 9, 2020
Virginia extended a scholarship offer to the Class A-Private First-Team All-State selection on May 19 of this year. Patterson also considered Power 5 offers from Boston College, Illinois, Indiana, Georgia Tech, Kansas, Louisville, Maryland, Mississippi State and West Virginia. Air Force, Central Florida and South Florida are among the other schools that offered as well.
Patterson helps the Hoos further address a key position of need, the offensive line. Virginia now boasts two offensive line pledges in the class – Patterson joins fellow Peach State standout Ty Furnish – and could take at least four in total. The Hoos were dealt another blow to the offensive line depth chart last week, when rising redshirt sophomore Martin Weisz announced his retirement due to medical reasons.
Patterson, who plays right tackle in high school, helped the Paladins to a 12-1 record in 2019. He earned all-region honors in addition to the all-state accolade.
Virginia Football’s Class Of 2021
Virginia is making serious noise in the state of Georgia in this class, now boasting five commitments in total. More importantly, the Hoos have another offensive lineman in the fold. UVA should take at least two more offensive linemen and could go higher. Hugh Laughlin, who hails from Georgia as well, is being recruited initially as a defensive lineman but could wind up on offense. He was offered by some schools as an offensive lineman.
– Javin Burke, Athlete, Bradley Central (Cleveland, TN)
– Jesiah Davis, Wide Receiver, Providence Day (Charlotte, N.C.)
– Malachi Fields, Athlete, Monticello (Charlottesville, VA)
– Amaad Foston, Running Back, John Milledge Academy (Milledgeville, GA)
– Ty Furnish, Offensive Lineman, Blessed Trinity Catholic (Roswell, GA)
– Micah Gaffney, Cornerback, Spanish Fort (AL)
– Michael Green, Linebacker, Lafayette (Williamsburg, VA)
– Hugh Laughlin, Defensive Lineman, Athens Academy (Athens, GA)
– Langston Long, Safety/Linebacker, Christ School (Arden, N.C.)
– Josh McCarron, Outside Linebacker, Archbishop Murphy (Everett, WA)
– Charlie Patterson, Offensive Lineman, Fellowship Christian School (Roswell, GA)
– Jacob Rodriguez, Dual-Threat Quarterback, Rider (Wichita Falls, TX)
– Aidan Ryan, Defensive Back, James Monroe (Fredericksburg, VA)
– William Simpkins III, Cornerback, Quince Orchard (Gaithersburg, MD)
– West Weeks, Linebacker, Oconee County (Watkinsville, GA)
– Jay Woolfolk, Dual-Threat Quarterback, Benedictine (Richmond, VA)