2018 QB Quincy Patterson Acts Fast to Secure His Spot in Blacksburg

The Chicago signal caller knew Tech's quarterback room was filling up, so he decided to make his commitment ASAP.

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The Hokies do not lack for options at quarterback these days, so Quincy Patterson knew he'd need to hurry if he wanted to secure his spot in Blacksburg.

Between players already on the roster like redshirt freshman Josh Jackson and true freshman Hendon Hooker and signal callers yet to arrive on campus like 2018 QB DeJuan Ellis, Justin Fuente stands to have an absolutely packed quarterback room for the foreseeable future.

So when Patterson — a 2018 QB himself from Chicago's Solorio Academy — took a look at the QB landscape in Blacksburg, he decided he couldn't afford to wait to make his pledge to the Hokies and announced his decision on Feb. 27.

"I knew that they already had a commitment from DeJuan Ellis and they only wanted to take one more quarterback, so I kind of just wanted to beat everybody else," Patterson told The Key Play. "I didn't want to wait too long, and then next thing you know somebody else commits to V-Tech, then all of a sudden I can't commit and be like, 'Wow, I lost my school,' basically."

Patterson, who's rated a 3-star prospect by the 247Sports Composite rankings, credits his first visit to campus as the overwhelming factor in convincing him that was "my school" after all. He stopped by on Feb. 17, immediately before Fuente and company held a junior day event for a variety of top 2018 prospects, to get a personal tour of Blacksburg.

Immediately afterward, he confessed that he was dazzled by Goodwin Hall (Tech's new and shiny engineering facility), and he says that impression lingered the more he thought about the visit.

"Campus and how it makes you feel is a wow factor," Patterson said. "Campuses are typically good but when I saw the engineering building, that was just something that I don't think any school can really compare to. And then talking to the coaches, seeing everything else had the school had to offer, it felt like a no-brainer."

The feeling was so overwhelming that Patterson says he mulled making his decision right away, but with just two of his high school coaches in tow for the trip, he decided that he "had to go home and talk to my parents first."

But even with the temporary delay, Patterson's decision didn't change. While his family wasn't exactly thrilled with his desire to attend a school more than 600 miles away from his home in the Windy City, Patterson says they were able to work out a bit of a compromise on that front.

"My mom kind of took it harder than my dad did," Patterson said. "They're considering, not moving out there, but a temporary stay, so while I'll be out there, they'll be out there too. So I'm kind of like an only child at this point, so they wouldn't know what to do without me, basically. So they just decided to come out with me. I don't know it will work exactly, but hopefully it'll work out."

With his mind made up, Patterson called up Fuente on Feb. 24, a few days before he wanted to announce his decision publicly, to give him the good news.

"He said, if he was athletic enough, he'd do a backflip down the stairs," Patterson said. "But other than that, it was a 'Thank you for trusting me' type thing. I wouldn't say cliched, but what you'd expect to hear."

Patterson added that the message from the Hokies has remained clear since he decided to join the 2018 class — even with Tech's bevy of options at quarterback, he'll get a legitimate chance to compete for the starting job at some point.

"That was definitely part of (my decision), because I know they have a lot of QBs on the roster, but some are just practice players," Patterson said. "Knowing that the opportunity was there, that's what made the difference."

Should Fuente tab a younger player like Jackson or Hooker for the starting gig going into the 2017 season, Patterson is well aware he could have some time on the bench in his future. But that possibility wasn't enough to scare him away from Tech.

"There's nothing wrong with that, so long as they know that I'm ready, and they feel I deserve it, then I'm all for it," Patterson said.

With his decision made, Patterson is now planning to make the lengthy trip to Blacksburg once more sometime in the spring. Only, this time, Patterson's parents will get a chance to see what exactly about campus proved so dazzling to their son.

"My parents haven't seen it yet, so I want them to see what I'm going to be doing for the next four to five years, however long I'm there," Patterson said.

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This kid has size and speed! Going to be fun for Coach Fuente to mold him.

-Semper Primus

Size is an IT factor.

I'd take a low 3 star at 6'4" over a high 3/low 4 star at 6' any day with our coaching staff.

RVA Hokie. Class of 2011.

"What you talking about?" -- Ellis (probably)

Sometimes I like to leave off the /s just to mess with people.

6'4 235 325 power clean, 495 squat off 18 inch box, 295 bench, laser 4.7 40, and cannon for an arm. Been going to Jeff Christian, Throw It Deep QB School, since I sent him in 8th grade. On top of that kid is a 5.0 scholars kid and the most polite and courteous kid you will ever meet. VT got a hell of a kid here trust me:)

Welcome to TKP Coach Lawson, hope that Chicago weather hasn't been too brutal this winter.

Thank you. I'm excited for him and his family! Great people!

So...how long til the "Coach Lawson transfers" jokes start?

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Blacksburg would be nice:)

Shoulda angled for one of those Max Warner deals I guess.

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this is all awesome to hear. welcome and thanks for the added insight. can't wait to see what he can do.

oh, by the way, does he prefer pie or cake?

Don't let him mislead you, coach. Milkshake is a perfectly acceptable answer. As is cookie, or brownie, or...

But milkshakes encompass all.

On another note:
As a guy working in the Architecture/Engineering field, I like it when kids are excited about an Engineering building. I remember thinking it was awesome when Nathaniel Adibi said he was going into engineering.

^Don't let *him* mislead you coach. He doesn't even like Salt & Vinegar chips so his opinions clearly cannot be trusted.

Haters gonna hate, potatoes gonna potate, and hetzers gonna hetz

Anarchist!

Where is Lawson?!

Ya pretty cool in this day and age when a kid with 20 offers says he was sold on his choice when he walked into the Engineering building:)

lol hes not picky either will do:)

Guys, when you meet new people don't lead with the crazy. Let it come out naturally.

Crazy!? there was literally an entire comment before mine

*Gets out electrified net reserved for Mark from Winchester*
*Scratches out "reserved for Mark from Winchester" on net*
*Writes "reserved for Mark from Winchester fernleyhokie" on electrified net*

Good luck getting to China with an electrified net in your luggage...

"We judge ourselves by our intentions and others by their behavior" Stephen M.R. Covey

“When life knocks you down plan to land on your back, because if you can look up, you can get up, if you fall flat on your face it can kill your spirit” David Wilson

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"We judge ourselves by our intentions and others by their behavior" Stephen M.R. Covey

“When life knocks you down plan to land on your back, because if you can look up, you can get up, if you fall flat on your face it can kill your spirit” David Wilson

#thingsiblamethemvsfor

Wow, amazing.... we hit the jack pot. I hope the distance issue for the family can be worked out. Its tough having your kids that far away right out of HS.

'Its easy to grin, when your ship comes in, and you've got the stock market beat,
but the man worthwhile, is the man who can smile, when his shorts are too tight in the seat'

I can squat 495, just not all at once.

Seriously, though, those are some impressive numbers. Shows not only how strong he is, but that he spends a lot of time in the weight room. Thanks for sharing, Coach!

Our QB room in a year or so.

Good get.

Where is Lawson?!

Looks good. I recall the Spring of 2004 when this is what the QB room looked like. Bryan was the only QB VT had and played for both teams in the Spring game.

And basketball too

Rip his freaking head off!

That dude is the very definition of a true Hokie. Team player, did everything asked of him; I was so happy he finally got his chance to be the man and win those games, leading VT to its first ACC Championship in football. Just so awesome I got to see those games in person.

Go Hokies!

With so much talent coming up behind them, I wouldn't be surprised if Lawson transfers, Jerod skips his senior season, Logan moves to TE, Bucky and Ford leave for the NFL, MV7 retires, Tyrod considers signing with the Browns, half of our running backs leave the program, or Marcus continues being a dumbass.

If you're reading the above post and thinking, "is this guy serious?!?," you can safely assume I'm not.

You lost me at the start...... Lawson would never cut and run from that competition. He thrives on proving that he's the best QB on the team.

Lets GO!!!!

classic

So true about Marcus.

something something Drew Harris

This photo reminded me of Stephan from Family Matters.

Let's Go...

Got any cheese?

If you're reading the above post and thinking, "is this guy serious?!?," you can safely assume I'm not.

I guess I see it

You can really see it here...

... and even better in this one:

All kidding aside, though... there is a resemblance to the non-nerdy version of the character.

If you're reading the above post and thinking, "is this guy serious?!?," you can safely assume I'm not.

I'd take getting compared to Jaleel White as a compliment:

.....
95% of what I say is sarcastic. The other 5% is usually taken out of context.

So, that's a stretch. Give the guy respect, he cod be our next super star stub. I look forward to it.

What a pick up. Aside from his physical abilities, I like what he has to say.

When he brings his parents for the campus visit, EVERYONE needs to say "Hi" to mom.

And invite them to lunch at the West End Market Cafeteria on campus

Watching his tape, he reminds me a lot of Evans; not a burner but good pocket awareness and balance to break arm tackles, doesn't throw it exceptionally hard but has a really nice touch on his passes, and it looks like a pretty similar offense to what we ran last year. I'm excited to see what this kid could do in a few years with Fuente coaching him up. It also helps that he's throwing it to Danny Coale who's wearing the #10 jersey...

...I know they have a lot of QBs on the roster, but some are just practice players...

Oh boy, I bet those guys are gonna like hearing that

Patterson, first day enrolled: *walks into QB room*
All our walk-ons:

Haters gonna hate, potatoes gonna potate, and hetzers gonna hetz

To be fair, most of the QBs in the room right now will be gone when he rolls in. He's looking at Jackson and Hooker, but the transfer guys won't still be around by the time he's even competing (assuming a redshirt year in 2018).

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In 2018, Willis will be a r-Sr, Jackson a r-So, Hooker an r-Fr, Ellis and Patterson Frs.

The walk-ons, Mummau will be an r-So and Click click boom will be an r-Jr.

They're gonna need McBryde 100 soon.

If you're reading the above post and thinking, "is this guy serious?!?," you can safely assume I'm not.

He sounds very intelligent and grounded for a 17/18 year old. I'm always impressed with interviews like this one. I really hope he enjoys his time at VT and has an opportunity to see the field. His parents must be doing a great job and i'm sure they'll see why he loves our 2nd home too.

His Parents are gonna love VT; Especially coming from Chicago.

It's fun seeing families converted to Hokies.

"When you're green, you're growing. When you're ripe, you rot." -Ray Kroc

Having lived in both, I'd say the only comparison is they're both windy. Chicago is great but damn do I miss Blacksburg. We have a pretty good alumni base up here, maybe we can get his family out for some stuff.

So what you are saying is....... If they get homesick, they can just take a stroll across the drillfield in mid-January and it'll be like they never left home??

Lets GO!!!!

We do wear "Chicago Maroon".

Should Fuente tab a younger player like Jackson or Hooker for the starting gig going into the 2017 season, Patterson is well aware he could have some time on the bench in his future. But that possibility wasn't enough to scare him away from Tech.

"There's nothing wrong with that, so long as they know that I'm ready, and they feel I deserve it, then I'm all for it," Patterson said.

This is pretty encouraging to hear. I know nobody wants to ride the pine for a few years but I just feel like I have seen too many high school kids going into a program with an entitlement mentality when it comes to early playing time. Obviously everybody wants to play early and often but (and I can't believe I'm saying this) I wish more kids would be willing to take a Trubisky route to the field. 2-3 years to develop and grasp the college game and 1-3 years to take the reigns and prove themselves. In an ideal world I feel like this kind of situation is best for the program and best for most players.

Sometimes I like to leave off the /s just to mess with people.

Yes, but hopefully he can play in the rain :-)

HTHokie93

the speed of his release does not match the distance and speed of the ball in the air. He looks like he is just gonna throw a 5 yard floater then it goes 45 yrds in the air.

Plus the ball looks like it takes off out of his hand before he is done with his motion. Looks like camera tricks

"Welcome to the Terror Dome." -- Corey Moore

Facts, people. He photoshopped his video!

My thoughts exactly... the throw at 1:15 just jumps out of his hand and goes 45 yards with a screen pass effort it appears... like a certain #7 we once had.

'Its easy to grin, when your ship comes in, and you've got the stock market beat,
but the man worthwhile, is the man who can smile, when his shorts are too tight in the seat'

He's definitely got the Tyrod-esque 50-yard-wrist-flick

I always associate that with MV7

BINGO!!