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Ohio State Insider Predicts What 4-Star LB Who Decommitted From Buckeyes After Urban Meyer Suspension Will Do

A closeup of Urban Meyer with his arms crossed on the sideline during an Ohio State football game.

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 18: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes watches a replay on the scoreboard during a timeout during the second quarter of the game against the Illinois Fighting Illini on November 18, 2017 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

Kane Patterson committed to Ohio State back in early July. On Friday, he backed away from that pledge.

Patterson is a four-star linebacker from Nashville. 247Sports ranks him No. 199 overall.

He is the No. 9 composite inside linebacker in the country, and the seventh-ranked player from the state of Tennessee.

Word of his decommitment came down shortly after Meyer's statement apologizing to Courtney Smith.

It isn't officially because of the issues at Ohio State or Urban Meyer's suspension. However, given the timing, it isn't hard to associate the two. When Patterson committed, he told Ohio State website Lettermen Row that Meyer was a major reason.

“I talked to Urban Meyer, [running backs] Coach [Tony] Alford, [linebackers] Coach [Billy] Davis and [director of player personnel] Mark Pantoni a lot. They all recruited me. “Really though, it was about my relationship with Coach Meyer. He texts me every day and we talked to each other on the phone at least once a week. I already felt like he was a coach to me. I am very close with him.”

In light of the Kane Patterson decommitment, Ohio State reporter Jeremy Birmingham made an interesting prediction as to where he'll wind up.

Birmingham thinks that, after the decommitment, Patterson will be a Tennessee Vol.

That goes against the grain of the 247 crystal ball. 89-percent of voters have Patterson sticking with Ohio State, though it is unclear how many have had the chance to update their predictions in light of his decommitment.

Alabama and Clemson picked up the remaining predictions.