In the wake of the scandal that has plagued the Ohio State Buckeyes football program in recent weeks, it appears that on Friday night we have seen the first substantial negative impact on the recruiting front as four-star linebacker Kane Patterson has reportedly de-committed from the program.
. @JMartZone just announced on CPA/Ensworth broadcast that Kane Patterson has de-committed from Ohio State and re-opened his recruitment.— Chad Withrow (@withrowzone) August 25, 2018
The Nashville, Tenn., native was a guest on 104.5 The Zone where he confirmed that he would be reopening his recruiting process. In addition to the Buckeyes, Patterson held offers from Clemson, Alabama, Auburn, and a number of other type-level programs.
The 6-foot-1, 225-pound linebacker is currently ranked as the seventh best player in the Volunteer State, and ninth best inside linebacker in the 2019 class, according to the 247 Sports’ composite rankings.
The reports did not indicate whether Patterson’s change in plans was related to the handling of the Zach Smith domestic abuse accusations, or not, but as more information becomes available, LGHL will bring you updates.