Coach's Corner: Cordarrelle Patterson 

January, 25, 2012
Wide receiver Cordarellle Patterson (Hutchinson, Kan./Hutchinson CC), one of the most prolific offensive weapons in the nation, is close to announcing his decision. Patterson has taken official visits to Auburn, Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss and Tennessee, and he will choose from one of those five programs on signing day.

The connection between a prospect and his potential position coach is sometimes a powerful factor in a recruit’s final decision. While Tennessee lost its receivers coach recently, Patterson's recruiter of record is Darin Hinshaw, the former quarterbacks coach who is now the Vols’ wide receivers coach. The staff at Ole Miss is new, and LSU has yet to hire a receivers coach. Patterson has talked with Hutchinson head coach Rion Rhoades about all the upheaval in the coaching staffs.

“He is pretty perceptive and aware of what is going on, but I do not know how much of a factor it will be in his final decision,” Rhoades said. “I think Tony Ball and Hinshaw being his position coach at Georgia and Tennessee [respectively], it definitely helps that they have been the ones recruiting him this entire time.”

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