Auburn Continues To Climb List For Patterson

Standout juco wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson discusses his official visit to Auburn and why the Tigers are climbing up his list.

Hutchinson, Kan.--One of the nation's top wide receiver prospects, Cordarrelle Patterson from Hutchinson Community College, took an official visit to Auburn over the weekend to see the Tigers take on Florida Atlantic. It proved to be everything and more the 6-4, 205 receiver was looking for as he said the Tigers are definitely moving more and more up his list.

"It was good," Patterson said. "It was actually better than last time (unofficial visit). I didn't expect it to be as good. It was a lot better than I expected.

"I like all the people," he added. "It seems like everybody is all happy and they all want you here. They're all family. You don't get that at a lot of places."

Taking in his first major college game Patterson said that from the Tiger Walk to the stadium and everything in between it was a day to remember for him. He said he especially liked that people already knew who he was.

"It was everything," Patterson said. "Everything we did and the places I went, all the people were happy. Some people at the game knew me and wanted me to come here. It felt like family here.

Spending a lot of time with Coach Gene Chizik as well as wide receiver Coach Trooper Tayor, Patterson said both of them are great guys and let him know how much they want him at Auburn.

"He's a good man," Patterson said of Taylor. "He's a good coach. I like him a lot.

"It was a good talk," he added of his meeting with Chizik. "He told me I could help the team out at receiver. Just come in and work."

Watching Auburn's offense struggle at times Saturday night against Florida Atlantic, Patterson said he didn't need too much encouraging to see he could help out the Tigers if he chose to come to the Plains.

"I saw it for myself yesterday and see what I could do to help the team out," he said.

With the chance to play right away and at atmosphere that he enjoys immensely, Patterson said there's no question in his mind that Auburn has made a huge move now that he's been on campus for an official visit.

"I was thinking about that last night and how Auburn has jumped so highly and some teams have gone off my list because of this visit," he said. "They stand pretty high."

While he wouldn't elaborate on which teams were now gone from his top group, he did say that right now he's only planning two more official visits before making his decision in December. Planning to graduate early and go through spring practice, Patterson said right now his other two visits are both SEC Eastern Division teams.

"I'm going to Georgia in November and Tennessee in December," Patterson said. "I think that's all I've got time for."

With the time drawing near for his decision Patterson said he doesn't have a leader at the moment. Wanting to make sure his family is comfortable with his choice and happy in his decision, he said they'll factor in as well.

"I want to get my family to the school I visit and see if they like it and they feel comfortable with it," Patterson said. "Then I know I'll feel comfortable with it."

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