Nashville LB Kane Patterson was the first Ohio State pledge to back off his commitment after Urban Meyer was officially suspended. Now one Buckeyes insider is predicting OSU’s loss will become Tennessee’s gain.

“Patterson is a really great kid, I know he’s not taken this decision lightly,” Jeremy Birmingham of Lettermen Row tweeted Saturday. “My gut tells me he’ll end up at Tennessee.”

A 4-star prospect, the 6-1, 225-pound Patterson is rated the No. 7 Tennessee product, No. 9 inside linebacker and No. 199 recruit overall nationally on the 247Sports Composite.

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If Patterson joined the Vols’ 2019 class, he would be UT’s fourth-highest rated commit by Composite score (0.9215). His primary recruiter is listed as defensive coordinator and inside linebackers coach Kevin Sherrer. Patterson is also showing strong interest in Alabama and Clemson. He has 29 total scholarship offers.

Patterson’s highlights can be viewed below: