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Wide receiver Phil Patterson becomes rare commitment to Virginia Tech from Bayside High

Phil Patterson could end up representing a recruiting breakthrough for Virginia Tech, which hasn't had a player go directly from Bayside High in Virginia Beach to Tech in more than 30 years. Patterson, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound wide receiver from Bayside, committed Saturday to Tech. He confirmed his commitment via a message posted to his Twitter account (@og_patt): "I'm proud to announce that I will be attending Virginia Tech to further my education and football career #VT" Patterson is considered by many analysts one of the nation's top 100 receiver prospects in the class of 2016. If he signs with Tech, and he's a full qualifier, he'll be the first...