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2019 Clemson Football Recruiting: 2019 LB Kane Patterson Signs Letter of Intent with Tigers

The Tigers secured a commitment from the highly touted LB after he opened his recruitment back up in August

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Kane Patterson, from Nashville Tn, will play college football for Dabo Swinney’s Clemson Tigers. The 6’ 1” 225 pounder from Christ Presbyterian Academy is rated as a four star LB, the seventh best prospect in the state of Tennessee, and has a 0.9192 rating in the 247 composite.

Ranked as the 12th best ILB nationally, and the 205th player overall, Patterson committed to the Tigers back in early Sept. Up until late August, he had been an Ohio St commit. However, after the Zac Smith domestic abuse allegations along with the ensuing scandal created by Urban Meyers handling of the situation, Patterson decommitted and opened his recruitment back up.

Lemanski Hall and Brent Venables get the credit here, but it is also worth noting that Patterson’s father is a former teammate of Hall and Dabo Swinney at Alabama. The Crimson Tide was the only other school in the mix after he opened things back up, but it was never really that close, as many had him Clemson bound right after the Tigers extended him an offer last summer.

One thing that stands out is his ability to drop into coverage. He has the speed to play from sideline to sideline, seems to move very well in space, and possesses a high football IQ. He is well versed in blitzing and rushing the passer. The competition he played against in high school was on the weak side, so there will likely be an adjustment period for him as he transitions to the college level. A redshirt season could be in the cards. Lastly, he is a big hitter. A violent tackler. A guy that should fit very well into the defensive scheme.

Check out some of his junior highlights

QT’s Take:

Very high on Patterson. I think he gets a bump after the all-star games. Early in his Sophomore year Kane cited Clemson as his dream school and a team he wanted a scholarship from, but since Patterson didn’t camp at Clemson the offer never materialized and he was courted by Ohio State heavily despite his interest in Clemson. Things got ironed out prior to his de-commitment to OSU, which led to Clemson extending its offer.

What separates Kane from other linebackers is his ability to rush and also move in space and change direction. He can legitimately drop into coverage and in the 220-225 range already should be able to maintain that athleticism in college. He has the speed to play sideline to sideline and get to the perimeter. The only major challenge will be adjusting to a speed and talent level of college football after playing against weaker competition in HS and if he can stick at the MIKE position.

Ohio State lost a gem.