December 11, 2011

Gala impresses Patterson



On one of the biggest recruiting weekends of the year, Georgia played host to its top outstanding wide receiver target, Hutchinson C.C. (Kan.) Cordarrelle Patterson. This was Patterson's third official visit, but promised to be fairly unique in comparison to the others.

Patterson, along with many other marquee Dawg recruits, choose not to take their official visit during a big game weekend but rather saved it for the weekend that coincides with the Dawgs end of the year awards banquet, known as the Gala.

The 6-foot-5, 205-pound playmaker was visiting Athens for only the second time ever, and he said the experience was one to remember.

"Just being at the place I was at (Gala). I've never been to anything like that, so it was something special," Patterson said. "It was good. Everything went fluid and nice. It was pretty nice getting to see all the players get their awards and everything like that, so it was fun just being there."

The Hutchinson receiver is sought after for a reason. The sophomore put up impressive numbers for his team this season, posting just less than 1000 passing yards (with an impressive 924), and gaining 379 yards on the ground with his 32 carries. At the end of his 12 game season, Patterson had 24 touchdowns, six of which were rushing scores, and three on kick and punt returns.

Though the JUCO standout said he enjoyed his stay in the Classic City, nothing particularly stuck out about the place or program other than an overall feeling of ease.

"Just being around the players and the coaches, and all that stuff. I had a good connection with all of them, not any one specific," Patterson said. "I just felt comfortable."

Patterson said he had plenty of time to be with the players and also catch up with the entire UGA coaching staff.

"I talked to pretty much all of them. We just talked about football, pretty much, how I can help the offense and all of that," Patterson said. "They were just saying in the receiving group, I could come in and be a big factor because they are kind of young and I'm kind of an older guy. So I think I could come in and help them pretty good."

Wherever Patterson ends up going, he won't be on campus as early as previously thought. Though Patterson was initially primed to be an early enrollee, he said he has to retake a class in the spring, which will push back his time table considerably.

With the early commit deadline no longer looming over him, it has freed up Patterson, whose other two official visits so far were to Tennessee and Auburn, to take two more official visits that he said are yet to be determined.

As for what that means for a new commitment date, Patterson said he is using the first week of February as a benchmark.

"I was going to wait until Signing Day, but I don't know," Patterson said. "Maybe before, maybe after."

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