July 4, 2011

Coveted JUCO WR plans return to Rocky Top

Hutchinson, Kan. (Hutchinson Community College) wide receiver and South Carolina native Cordarrelle Patterson is back in his home state enjoying his summer and some down time before returning for his final semester of school in the Midwest.

The 6-foot-4, 205-pound wideout is also planning on a summer getaway later this month to Rocky Top.

"I'm planning on coming back up to Tennessee the 18th or 19th of this month," Patterson said. "I'm just coming up there to hang out and visit with the players and coaches."

Patterson, who had nine touchdowns a year ago, is just looking forward to spending more time around the program.

"I'm not really coming back up there to see more about the school or anything," Patterson offered. "I just want to hang out with them. Being around the players and the coaches there, it just feels good. The players and the coaches all seem to be there for you."

At this point a return trip to Knoxville is Patterson's only scheduled visit. Patterson said he doesn't have a favorite and noted that he's talked to Tennessee, Georgia and Auburn the most. And of the three, Patterson admitted that the Vols have been recruiting him the hardest.

"Tennessee has been there since Day One," Patterson said. "They are not backing off or anything. They really want me. I talk to coach (Darin) Hinshaw a lot."

Patterson is on track to graduate from Hutchinson Community College in December, but he is not in any hurry to make his college choice.

"I'm not making a decision this summer. I want to take all of my visits," Patterson said.

As for his game, Patterson had 52 catches last year and while he put up big numbers as he again emerged as a coveted national prospect, his focus for preparing for this fall is not on catching a pass.

"My downfield blocking is where I will be a better player this year than last year," Patterson offered. "I have and am still working hard on being a more physical player without the ball."

And though the Vols won't see that physicality when Patterson visits later this month, they will see the heralded JuCo wideout. And that's a step in the right direction.

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