Virginia Tech quarterback commit Quincy Patterson played his way into The Opening with an impressive outing at the Elite 11. And the 6-3, 236 pound Solorio Academy signal caller generated quite a buzz at Nike's premier competition for elite high school football players. Interviews and analysis in chronological order from those who saw Patterson in person.
Couple other recruits at The Opening who looked the part today: WR Jalen Hall, QB Quincy Patterson, WR Josh Moore, QB Matt Corral.— Paul Myerberg (@PaulMyerberg) June 29, 2017
Barton Simmons of 247Sports listed Patterson among his top day one performers.
The Virginia Tech commit may legitimately have the highest ceiling of any quarterback in attendance. USC quarterback Sam Darnold was on hand throwing as a counselor and Patterson's delivery was very similar to Darnold in terms of the way he throws a football with power and ease. There's no loading up on big throws for Patterson.
VaTech commit Quincy Patterson has an NFL arm. Doesn't labor to make any throws. Ball jumps out of his hand.— Barton Simmons (@bartonsimmons) June 29, 2017
Keep hearing great things about Va Tech QB commit Quincy Patterson. Elite 11 coaches love his intangibles. One called him best leader here.— Paul Myerberg (@PaulMyerberg) June 30, 2017
Patterson also impressed Simmons with his day two performance.
Patterson at No. 5 begins what I thought was a delineation in tiers. From here on out are guys that really separated in my eyes. Patterson is the most intriguing guy at the event without question. The Virginia Tech commit just slowly gets better and has the most rare body at the event and one of the event's biggest arms.
With @bartonsimmons, particularly at #5. I'm a huge Quincy Patterson fan. Multiple coaches have said he can win "multiple Heismans." #Hokies https://t.co/lcZPBxX4U0— Stephen Nelson (@Stephen__Nelson) July 1, 2017
Patterson reaffirmed his Hokies commitment to Allen Trieu of Scout despite overtures from marquee Power Five programs.
"Oregon contacted me, Ohio State, and then Penn State when Justin Fields de-committed, but other than that, people took my 100% committed seriously, which I wanted them to."
Patterson reiterated that nothing has changed with that even with these schools coming after him. He is recruiting on behalf of the Hokies this week with tight end target Kyle Pitts among the names he is working on. His loyalty to the Hokies boils down to several factors.
"Originally, it was the coaches," he explained, "and once I went on a visit and saw the engineering facility, when they took me over and I saw that, it was a done deal. Then what has kept me there is the coaching staff. They are dedicated to the students and players. [Head coach Justin Fuente] just signed another contract, so he's here to stay. It's a great feeling knowing your head coach isn't going anywhere anytime soon."
Patterson expounded upon how Tech's engineering program sealed the deal for his verbal.
Patterson shared a perceptive perspective on his experience.
Members of Tech's 2018 recruiting class took exception that recruiting reporter Hank South pegged Patterson with this pick.
Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports summarized Patterson's play.
Virginia Tech quarterback commit Quincy Patterson has every physical tool you want in a quarterback but the 7-on-7 tournament with the speed he was seeing on the field was not what he's accustomed to back home in Chicago. The talented passer has only been playing under center for three years and it showed in this setting. But, Patterson is as natural a thrower of the football as there is in this class and he couldn't of made a better decision on where to go to develop his game in college. Justin Fuente has a strong track record and Patterson has a chance to grow into his next NFL guy.
Luke Stampini of 247Sports ranked Patterson No. 8 of 12 quarterbacks following 7-on-7 play.
Virginia Tech commit Quincy Patterson checked down more than the rest of the quarterbacks and rarely went down the field with his throws. Despite that, he was only able to complete 64-percent of his throws. Patterson finished with two touchdowns and four interceptions on the day.
Paul Myerberg of USA Today evaluated the Elite 11 QBs at The Opening, and it's full steam ahead for the Patterson hype train.
Every person who came into contact with Patterson this week — fellow players, coaches, even the media — fell in love with the future Virginia Tech signee. He's smart. Driven. In terms of his intelligence, Patterson reminded many of former Elite 11 participant Josh Dobbs, who just completed his career at Tennessee.
And he's only scratching the surface of his potential as a quarterback, [Elite 11 coach Yogi] Roth said. "I wouldn't be surprised if he wins some major awards in college football once his career gets going."
From the outside looking in on the under-the-microscope scrutiny The Opening provides, with Patterson, Fuente secured the services of a quarterback who has all the tools and whose best football is ahead of him.