The fate of the 2020 football season may be up in the air, but the Virginia Cavaliers kept building for the future, adding a tall offensive lineman to the class of 2021.
Charlie Patterson is a 6-foot-6, 275 pound offensive lineman from Fellowship Christian School in Roswell, Georgia. If that hometown sounds familiar, it should: fellow O-line commit Ty Furnish plays for Blessed Trinity Catholic in the same town.
Patterson is rated three stars by Rivals but does not yet have a 247 rating or 247 Composite score. More than 30 schools offered Patterson, including Virginia’s fellow ACC members Louisville and Georgia Tech. Other Power 5 offers for Patterson include Maryland, West Virginia, Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, Illinois, and Indiana. (And he holds six Ivy League offers, to boot.)
By this point in the Mendenhall era in Charlottesville, it probably goes without saying, but this is the mold of lineman the staff is looking for: tall and athletic with a frame to add good weight. Patterson moves fluidly and delivers punishment on arrival. He is able to use his overwhelming size to win every encounter here; getting more mass on board will be a must to compete against more evenly matched opponents.
Patterson joins Furnish as the only two offensive linemen in the Hoos’ 2021 class so far.