By early Wednesday afternoon, Fuente had letters-of-intent from 22 of 24 commits, most notably four-star quarterback Quincy Patterson II. Virginia Tech offered Patterson a little more than a year ago, and he committed Feb. 27.
At 6 feet 4, 229 pounds, Patterson earned an invitation to the Elite 11, the country’s most prestigious high school quarterback competition, in Beaverton, Ore., the home of Nike. As a junior at Solorio Academy in Chicago, Patterson threw for 1,359 yards and 15 touchdowns and ran for 1,146 yards and 20 touchdowns.
His versatility suits the offensive scheme Fuente and offensive coordinator Brad Cornelsen have been running over the past two seasons, including this year with redshirt freshman Josh Jackson at quarterback. Jackson has passed for 2,743 yards this season with 19 touchdowns.
The addition of Patterson figures to provide an intriguing quarterback competition during the spring and summer. Jackson won the job this past summer after a three-way competition with AJ Bush and Hendon Hooker.
“I’m pretty excited about that,” Fuente said of another quarterback competition. “It’s going to be fun.”
Patterson was one of six four-star commits to sign with Virginia Tech on Wednesday.
The first of those to provide the Hokies with his letter-of-intent was wide receiver Darryle Simmons. The 6-3, 200-pounder helped St. Joseph’s Prep in Philadelphia win the 6A state title last season after catching 34 passes for 526 yards and three touchdowns.
The Hokies have been seeking depth at wide receiver since the notable departures last season of Isaiah Ford and Bucky Hodges and the forthcoming graduation of Cam Phillips, who became the school’s career leader in receiving yards and catches this year.
“We really helped our football team today,” Fuente said.
Keshon Artis, LB, 5-11, 227, Chesapeake, Va. (Oscar Smith HS)
James Mitchell, TE, 6-4, 227, Big Stone Gap, Va. (Union HS)
Quincy Patterson II, QB, 6-4, 229, Chicago (Solorio Academy)
Darryle Simmons, WR, 6-3, 200, Philadelphia (St. Joseph’s Prep)
Tre Turner, WR, 6-2, 177, Oak Ridge, N.C. (Northwest Guildford HS)
Jeremy Webb, DB, 6-3, 190, East Mims, Fla. (ASA College-Brooklyn)
Eli Adams, DL, 5-11, 236, Rock Hill, S.C. (South Pointe HS)
Cole Beck, LB, 6-0, 185, Blacksburg, Va. (Blackburg HS)
Amani Chatman, LB, 6-0, 173, Virginia Beach (Bishop Sullivan Catholic HS)
Chamari Conner, DB, 6-0, 195, Jacksonville, Fla. (Trinity Christian Academy)
DJ Crossen, DB, 6-1, 186, Greensboro, N.C. (Dudley HS)
Walker Culver, OL, 6-5, 275, Soddy-Daisy, Tenn. (Baylor School)
Christian Darrisaw, OL, 6-5, Upper Marlboro (Fork Union Military Academy)
DeJan Ellis, QB, 5-11, 180, Accokeek, Md. (McDonough School)
John Harris, OL, 6-4, 278, Hoschton, Ga. (Mill Creek HS)
Joe Kane, DL, 6-2 280, Wake Forest, N.C. (Heritage HS)
Nasir Peoples, DB, 6-0, 178, Abington, Pa. (Archbishop Wood HS)
Kaleb Smith, WR, 6-2, 180, Bumpass, Va. (Louisa County HS)
Caleb Steward, RB, 5-11, 203, Jacksonville, Fla. (Ed White HS)
Luke Tenuta, OL, 6-7, 275, Crozet, Va. (Western Albemarle HS)
Nadir Thompson, DB, 5-10, 170, Elm City, N.C. (Southern Nash HS)
Alan Tisdale, LB, 6-3, 208, Greensboro, N.C. (Page High School)
Jermaine Walker, DB, 6-1, 178, Washington (The Avalon School)
Oscar Shadley, LS, 6-0, 230, Naples, Fla. (Golden Gate HS)