At some point, the paths of former Virginia Tech quarterback Quincy Patterson and would-be Virginia cornerback Josh "Hollywood" Hayes will cross if they haven't already.
Patterson is transferring from Tech to North Dakota State in Fargo, and Hayes is transferring to UVa from North Dakota State. Patterson is joining a Football Championship Subdivision team and Hayes is joining an FBS program, but in this case, there isn't a huge difference in level of play
North Dakota State won five straight FCS national championships from 2011 through 2015 and has 16 titles spread over a variety of college football levels.
"This isn't the last experience we've had with someone leaving or coming," North Dakota State coach Matt Entz told Inforum, the newspaper that services Fargo and Moorhead, Minnesota.
Entz met with Hayes earlier this week, according to Inforum, and accepted Hayes' plans to return to his home in the Lakeland, Fla., area, where he has a daughter, according to an Entz interview with KVRR TV.
"He sees other guys in our league opting out right now and getting offers from power five ]schools]," Entz said. "I’ll tell you what, I think Josh is the best corner in the league, so you take it for what it’s worth."
On the flip side, Entz will be getting a quarterback with an FBS background in Patterson, who played in 10 games over two seasons at Virginia Tech. Patterson was rated the No. 13 dual-threat quarterback in the country when he signed with the Hokies in 2018.