December 14, 2008

Patterson entertains Nutt, Nix

Several times this weekend, Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt talked about a big recruiting day on tap Monday.

As it turned out, the first-year Rebel head coach used one of his most anticipated in-home visits on Sunday night. Apparently, Nutt either couldn't or wouldn't wait to visit with Patrick Patterson.

From all accounts, Nutt's trip to Macon, Miss., was worthwhile. He visited with Patterson about how the four-star standout can help Ole Miss' offense and with his parents about what the school can provide academically and how the program can supplement and support those endeavors.

"They feel good about the situation," said the ever-guarded Patterson. "I feel good about it. They said I can come in and run the 'Wild Rebel.' I have height, I can throw the ball and I can see over the line too. It's a good feeling."

Patterson ironed out an official visit to Ole Miss on Jan. 23. The trip to Oxford will be the third visit in three weeks. Patterson, a 6-foot-3, 215-pounder who recently led Noxubee County to the Class 4A state championship, will visit Auburn on Jan. 9 and Southern Mississippi on Jan. 16. Patterson hasn't ruled out official visits to Alabama or Mississippi State.

"I'm just going to hold out until signing day," Patterson said.

Prospective student-athletes can sign binding national letters-of-intent on Feb. 4.

Interestingly, Patterson said he hasn't heard from new Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen or any members of the Bulldogs' staff in recent days. Despite having a visit set up to Auburn, he hasn't heard from new coach Gene Chizik or any member of the Tigers' staff recently either.

Recruiting, however, "dominated just about every conversation (at the recently completed Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic in Mobile, Ala., a game Team Alabama won, 28-3, Saturday afternoon). "(Meridian, Miss., quarterback) Tyler (Russell) was talking about the new coach at Mississippi State. He said they're going to throw the ball a lot."

Patterson, meanwhile, formed a friendship with d'Iberville, Miss., wide receiver Kevin Norwood during their week in the Port City. Norwood, a fellow four-star who has emerged as another top Ole Miss target this season, and Patterson talked about a lot of things during their week as roommates. However, Patterson said recruiting didn't come up much. Could the duo end up creating chaos for opposing defenses in the Southeastern Conference one day soon?

"I can't say," Patterson said. "Me and him haven't talked about going to the same school."

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