Four-star linebacker Kane Patterson, out of Christ Presbyterian Academy in Nashville, Tenn., committed to Clemson on Tuesday.
The move comes roughly a week after Patterson decommitted from Ohio State’s 2019 recruiting class. He was the first player to do so following the suspension of coach Urban Meyer in the wake of his actions in the domestic-violence related case of former assistant coach Zach Smith.
“With everything that was taking place at Ohio State, it just cracked the door for this opportunity,” Patterson told 247Sports. “(Clemson) coach (Lemanski) Hall stayed close the past two years keeping that relationship in place with me and (CPA) coach (Ingle) Martin. I just felt it was best to back away at that time and really pray with my family about it and we just felt like Clemson was the best decision for me going forward.”
The 247Sports composite ranks Patterson as the nation’s No. 9 linebacker. He had committed to the Buckeyes in July, choosing them over a number of schools, including Tennessee and Alabama.
Despite his previous commitment, Patterson told 247Sports that Clemson has been No. 1 on his list since his sophomore year of high school.
“My criteria was the same on that day as it is now,” he said. “Culture, education and championships. Coach (Dabo) Swinney and coach Martin surround themselves with outstanding people. They care about you as a player and as a man.”