January 25, 2009

Patterson has good trip to Ole Miss

Patrick Patterson is a man of few words.

That's ironic, really, considering the fact that fans of several Southeastern Conference programs are incessantly talking about the four-star wide receiver from Macon (Noxubee County), Miss.

Patterson, ranked by Rivals.com as the top prospect in the state of Mississippi, spent the weekend at Ole Miss.

"It went pretty good," Patterson said Sunday on his way back to Macon. "I had a good time."

The highlights of his 48 hours or so in Oxford, Patterson said, were a visit to Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt's home and "walking out on the (Vaught-Hemingway Stadium) field."

Patterson said he felt "welcomed," during his visit to Ole Miss, adding that the Rebel staff is defending him the hardest.

"That helps a lot," Patterson said.

Patterson said he visited with Nutt and some members of the Rebels' offensive staff on Sunday morning.

"He said they need somebody to come in and replace Mike Wallace," Patterson said, referring to the departed Ole Miss wide receiver who scored a touchdown in Saturday night's Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. Patterson said that while he's bigger than Wallace, he's similar to him because they both "can beat the defender deep."

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Patterson, who is ranked as the nation's No. 4 wide receiver prospect by Rivals.com, said he's no closer to a decision following the visit to Ole Miss. Patterson, who led Noxubee County to a state championship this past season, has already visited Alabama and Southern Mississippi. He said Sunday he'll take his final visit to Tennessee on Friday and announce his decision on National Signing Day on Feb. 4.

Asked where Ole Miss stands in his pecking order at this point, Patterson was non-committal.

"I can't say. I can't say right now," Patterson said, adding that the decision is going to be "real hard."

Patterson said ultimately the decision is going to come down to the comfort level he feels with the coaching staffs recruiting him, adding that there's not one staff he's most comfortable with at this point.

Nutt and other members of the Ole Miss staff will be in Patterson's home Tuesday.

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