In March the Vanderbilt Commodores gained their first player, Langston Patterson, to their 2022 recruiting class. He is someone that will not have to travel far to play his college football.
By Steve Wright
Langston Patterson out of Christ Presbyterian (Nashville, TN) Academy pledged his college future to the ‘Dores staying in Nashville ahead of offers from Notre Dame, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Stanford. Patterson credited the relationship he has formed with first-year head coach Clark Lea as being a major factor in his decision.
The 247Sports Composite Ranking has the 6-foot-1, 215 pound inside linebacker as a 3-star prospect at this point in the recruiting cycle. Patterson is seen by the service as being the No. 474 player in the country, the No. 16 inside linebacker, and the No. 18 player in the state of Tennessee. Patterson comes from an athletic family – a football family – with his dad Wes having played at Alabama and his brother Kane currently playing at Clemson.
In the video below you can see highlights of Patterson’s junior season. He is a player that is always around the ball – he had 72 tackles on the year, 19 tackles for a loss and 3 1/2 sacks – and finished the season as an all-state linebacker. He is already physically able to play at the college level and is a two-way guy having rushed for 733 yards and scored 13 touchdowns this year.
The first thing noticeable from the film of Patterson is that he reads and reacts to plays at a very high level. He has those intangibles coaches love, and his closing speed to the ball when he sniffs out the play is simply outstanding. He is also a work rate and motor beast – a player who clearly loves everything about playing football – and he is someone that could easily make an impact as a freshman for the Commodores and turn into a real team leader somewhere down the line.