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Patterson: Getting tough to decide

12/12/2011

The last time juco wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (Rock Hill, S.C./Hutchinson, Kan., CC) was on the University of Georgia campus, A.J. Green was wowing NFL scouts during his pro day. The Bulldogs are hoping Patterson, another 6-foot-4 wideout from South Carolina, decides to come in and make a big impact in Athens. He definitely has done that so far in college.

Last year, Patterson had 52 catches for 908 yards and nine touchdowns, while returning 21 total kickoffs and punts for 645 yards and three touchdowns for the Dragons. He followed it up this year with 32 rushes for 379 yards and six touchdowns, 61 catches for 924 yards and 15 touchdowns, and 10 kickoff returns for 482 yards and three touchdowns. Double digit offers came in, from prominent programs like like Arkansas, Auburn, Baylor, Georgia and Tennessee.

The Volunteers and Bulldogs have been in the mix the longest, but while Tennessee has racked up four commitments in Drae Bowles, Alton Howard, Keithon Redding, and Jason Croom, Georgia has only one wide receiver currently committed in Blake Tibbs. Tibbs was on campus with Patterson this weekend, with the juco wideout having good thing to say about his latest official visit.

“My visit went pretty good,” Patterson said. “The Gala was pretty awesome. I really liked just being there and seeing all of the players and the coaches again.”

While on campus, Patterson was hosted by standout safety Bacarri Rambo, whom Patterson said is a good person and a good man. He also spoke fondly of his recruiter, Tony Ball, who would be his position coach if he were to choose Georgia.

"It was just good being around Coach Ball and listening to him talk,” Patterson said. “He said I can come in and ball out, be an asset to the team, and that they really needed me to help them out next year.”

The head coach made sure to let Patterson know how much he was needed in Athens as well.

“Coach Richt was selling me on coming in and playing a lot next year,” Patterson said.

Patterson hasn’t designated leaders or made any cuts made. He has now taken official visits to Auburn, Georgia and Tennessee, and he’s not sure whether he will take a proposed official to Baylor in January. With Patterson telling DawgNation last week that he would not be graduating in December, his decision deadline might be pushed back to signing day.

"I don't know,” Patterson said about what his next step might be. “I will wait and see. It is getting kind of tough to decide."