Blackwatch defender selects UMass

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Trey Patterson, a Class of 2012 defender from Yorktown Heights, N.Y., verbally committed to Massachusetts on Tuesday, according to his family.

Patterson plays club soccer for Blackwatch Premier, which won the 2011 New York-East State Cup.

He has been a four-year high school varsity player, three years starting and two-year captain at Yorktown (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.).

Patterson is the first confirmed verbal commitment to UMass for the Class of 2012.