Virginia Tech WR Phil Patterson is transferring according to reports confirmed by a Virginia Tech spokesman.
OK, two more portal entries today as well. Senior S Khalil Ladler and WR Phil Patterson, Virginia Tech confirms. (Not Quincy.)— Andy Bitter (@AndyBitterVT) January 22, 2020
Ladler was a backup whip to Chamarri Conner. Playing time might have been an issue there. Patterson had 289 receiving yards in four years. #Hokies
Phil Patterson had 27 receptions for 269 yards and 2 touchdowns including 6 receptions for 72 yards and a touchdown this past season. Patterson will have one year of eligibility remaining and should be a popular grad transfer among Group of 5 schools.
Patterson had plenty of excitement surrounding him when he arrived at Virginia Tech and continue to add to the height with some spectacular spring game and regular season touchdown catches. Despite that, Patterson was never able to gain traction and has been passed by younger receivers on the outside over the past couple of seasons including Tre Turner and Kaleb Smith.
With Patterson departing, more backup opportunities open up on the outside for guys like redshirt sophomore Darryle Simmons, and redshirt freshmen Jaden Payoute and Elijah Bowick. Additionally, Patterson's departure opens up another scholarship that could be used to a target a grad transfer WR like Marshall's Obi Obialo.