Cabot’s Devin Patterson never thought she’d play defense on the soccer field, but now she’ll continue doing just that in college.

Patterson signed her letter of intent to go to Harding University last week and play soccer for the Lady Bisons.

"I’ve played forever and started as a forward," said Patterson. "Playing defense was never something I thought about early on, but here I am and I love it."

Patterson is one of the more important senior leaders for the Lady Panthers. Her skills on the field are evident, but it goes much deeper than that.

"Devin is probably the smartest and most technical player I’ve ever coached," said Cabot coach Kerry Castillo. "I call her my field general. A lot of times if I see something happening on the field that I want to correct, she’s already there and taking are of it."

Harding wasn’t originally on Patterson’s radar, but a member of the coaching staff came to a Cabot game and liked what he saw.

After doing a little more research, Patterson saw the university has strong programs in the fields she’s interested in.

"I want to go into nursing, maybe ER or psyche, and they have a really good program there," Patterson said. "When the coach talked to me, he liked that I was an all-around player and had a sense of drive with what I want to do."

That work ethic has also constantly impressed her high school coaches as well. Her willingness to play whatever part on the field that’s needed helps make her a natural leader.

"She’s really pretty great in every facet of the game," said Castillo. "She doesn’t get rattled, only has that one full speed gear and always, always has a great attitude. They’re getting a good one."