Right around the time the Sugar Bowl was wrapping up UB Jeff Quinn landed one of the better recruits in UB's modern era. Kendall Patterson was one of five, now four, defensive linemen in this class. He might be the punctuation mark on a year of recruiting aimed at beefing up the trenches.
"Coach Quinn is at my house right now (last night) and I just told him I'm coming to Buffalo. We had dinner and then we were watching the Sugar Bowl game, and at halftime I told him I was committing. He was so excited he didn't know what to say. He didn't expect that tonight. But it just felt right, and I can't wait to play."
Patterson is somewhere between the 50th and 80th rated defensive lineman in the nation, depending on who you talk to. He is physically a pretty big player at 6-2, 272 but scouts maintain that 'he plays bigger' than he actually is. Most who looked at him see a player which will have more of an immediate impact against the run than he will pressuring the QB.
The list of schools that not only showed interest, but threw down an offer for Patterson was impressive South Florida, Wisconsin, Michigan State, North Carolina Sate and Ohio (among others) all had their eye on the lineman from Dematha.
As a Sophomore Patterson racked up four sacks. He more than doubled that in his junior year gobbling up the QB nine times. This past season he helped lead Dematha to the WCAC Championship game. In Dematha's opener Patterson picked up a fumble which lead to their first conference points of the season. On the season Pattereson earned Honerable Mention for all WCAC.
With UB Losing Anel Monatez to graduation there is going to be competition on the interior of the line. Patterson, along with the other DL recruits should have a shot at real playing time.
Sophomore Highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ctlawlxmtoc