Plant City running back Dazmond Patterson confirmed Thursday night that he has committed to Ohio University and will be graduating early with plans to be on the campus in January.
Patterson, who was not dressed for Thursday's regular-season finale against Tampa Bay Tech, has been one of the bay area's top RBs this season when healthy. Though he has missed playing time because of an ankle injury, the senior still has amassed close to 700 yards, averaging more than 8 yards a carry.
As a junior, the 5-foot-8 Patterson ran for more than 1,200 yards and 12 TDs. He was named to the Class 5A all-state third team as a sophomore and a junior.
"I'm just thankful that he got his chance, he got his opportunity," Plant City head coach Wayne Ward said. "So many people, because of his size, they just passed him over. So, I'm grateful that he actually has a scholarship."