January 28, 2009
Four-star wide receiver sets decision time
For Patrick Patterson, the end of his frenetic recruitment is finally within sight.
He'll make his decision public on Wednesday morning at 9 in the studios of CBS affiliate WCBI in Columbus, Miss.
On Wednesday night, hours after Ole Miss running backs coach Derrick Nix left Patterson's Macon, Miss., home, and one day after Alabama coach Nick Saban did the same, Patterson revealed that he's finally getting closer to making up his mind.
Patterson, who has maintained throughout the past few months that he's open, hinted tonight that he's got a school in mind, though he didn't identify it.
"In a way I feel like I know where I'm going, but I'm not sure right now," Patterson said.
Patterson, a four-star wide receiver who led Noxubee County to a Class 4A state championship, said his final pre-Signing Day visits with Nix and Saban were essentially non-eventful. With Ole Miss, Patterson said, "We were just talking about the offense. I think I can jump in where Mike Wallace left off. I can play a big part in the offense."
Alabama's Monday night visit with the 6-foot-3, 215-pounder went "pretty good. (Saban) is a real good coach to me. ...They run a pretty good offense. It looks like a pro-style offense."
While Patterson said all of the schools recruiting him are being patient, the process is becoming difficult.
"It's hard," Patterson said. "It's real hard."
Patterson said he's going to Tennessee this weekend on an official visit. It will be his final official visit. Patterson took trips to Alabama, Southern Miss and Ole Miss earlier this month.
"I'm just expecting to see the campus and develop a relationship with the coaches," said Patterson, who is being recruited to Tennessee by former Ole Miss and USM assistant Frank Wilson.
Patterson grew up a Tennessee fan, he said Tuesday night, though his childhood loyalty to the Volunteers won't necessarily help new coach Lane Kiffin.
The trip will allow Patterson a 48-hour escape from the rumor mill, one that has begun to drive him crazy.
"I hear them everyday," Patterson said, adding that the funniest one he's heard recently is "that I'm signing with Mississippi State and that I'm trying to make it a big surprise. I just laugh and I walk off."
Patterson said he'll get back from Knoxville, sit down with his parents and make a final decision.
Patterson, a Parade and U.S. Army All-American, is ranked as the No. 1 prospect in the state of Mississippi by Rivals.com.
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