Ohio State has lost a commitment to its 2019 recruiting class in the wake of the investigation of coach Urban Meyer that resulted in three-game suspension to start this season.

Four-star linebacker prospect Kane Patterson of the Christ Presbyterian Academy in Nashville, Tenn., said he after his season opener Friday night he has reopened his recruitment, according to Russell Vannozzi of BrentwoodHomePage.com.

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“What was going on with Ohio State for a little bit (played a role in the decision) … Coach Meyer was a huge part for me,” Patterson told Vannozzi. “So, I just kind of need to take a step back and reevaluate some things.”

Attempts by The Dispatch to reach Patterson so far have been unsuccessful.

That leaves OSU with 14 commitments to the 2019 class, just one of them being a linebacker, Cade Stover of Lexington, Ohio. The Buckeyes have six commitments already to the 2020 class and thus far they have held firm.

As for Patterson, he told Vannozzi that Clemson is now in strong consideration, which is interesting since Clemson didn’t offer the linebacker until Aug.5, five days after Meyer was put on paid administrative leave. 

“I’m going to consider everything,” Patterson said. “I’m just going to focus on the season, and when it (another decision) comes, it comes.”

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