Four-star Tennessee (Christ Presbyterian Academy/Nashville) linebacker Kane Patterson committed to Ohio State today. He chose the Buckeyes over offers from Alabama, Texas A&M, Tennessee, LSU, Mississippi State, Oklahoma, Stanford, and Texas-San Antonio. He announced his commitment via Twitter.
— Kane Patterson™ ✞ (@kane_prime4) July 9, 2018
Patterson (6-1 225) is the No. 8 inside linebacker in the 2019 class and the No. 194 player overall according to the 247Sports Composite.
He was busy this spring, visiting Alabama twice last month, along with Ohio State, Tennessee, and Texas A&M.
Patterson, who was a First-Team All-State running back in 2017, rushed for 1,003 yards last season with 23 touchdowns. Defensively, he finished with 64 tackles and 10.5 tackles for loss. As a sophomore in 2016, he tallied 75 tackles with 18 tackles for loss and five sacks.
As a linebacker, Patterson showcases running back vision to knife past blockers to find the football. He is a violent defender and a sure tackler. He is able to close the gap on ball carriers with a quickness, and flattens angles surprisingly well.
Ohio State’s recruiting class now numbers 14 commitments. There is room for around 10 more or so, give or take two or three either way.
The linebacker situation is a bit fluid in this class, however. The Buckeyes have four possible linebackers committed currently. But that number can fluctuate.
Cade Stover (No. 9 OLB), who is already listed at 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds, could eventually end up at defensive end. Or maybe he is the future at middle linebacker. Steele Chambers (No. 27 ATH) could be a running back or a linebacker. He rushed for 1,545 yards and 26 touchdowns last season and also picked up 70 tackles, four forced fumbles, and five sacks. He earned First-Team All-State recognition on offense as an “athlete.”
Craig Young (No. 51 ATH), meanwhile, could end up just about anywhere. At 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds, he worked out for the Ohio State coaches at just about every defensive position last month during an OSU camp. Where he ultimately ends up depends on what he grows into.
The linebacker class is drying up at this point in the recruiting cycle, but names can still emerge throughout the process.