Each year there are a handful of junior college prospects that turn enough heads to receive serious attention from the nation’s top programs.
A year later, the Tigers’ staff is back in the Sunflower State to get an up-close look at a wide receiver that could help make Mettenberger’s job a lot easier.
Using the bye week to hit the recruiting trail, LSU wide receivers coach Billy Gonzales traveled to Hutchinson, Kan., to sit down with Cordarrelle Patterson, a 6-foot-4, 202 pound native of Rock Hill, S.C.
“(Gonzales) came and talked with me and my coach,” Patterson said. “I saw (Gonzales) and a coach from Georgia, and that’s been it here recently.
“(Gonzales) said some stuff about setting up a visit to come down to LSU. Hopefully I can get down there. I just might have to come after the season ends.
“I watch LSU on TV, and they are playing really good. I am definitely paying attention to things after talking with them.”
Patterson is a sophomore and is tabbed as the No. 1 junior college prospect for 2012, and he holds offers from SEC schools like Auburn, Florida, Georgia and Tennessee.
“For a while now, Tennessee, Georgia, and Auburn have been recruiting me harder than anyone else,” Patterson told Scout.com’s Chad Simmons earlier this week. “Other schools are recruiting me, like Arkansas, Ole Miss, and some others, but those three have been recruiting me very hard for a while.”
Patterson has taken an official visit to Auburn and plans to travel to Knoxville to visit Tennessee on Nov. 18 and Georgia on an undetermined date in December. He has already made two unofficial visits to Knoxville and one to Athens.
The JUCO sophomore said he does not have any leaders, though he hopes to have his decision made by December so that he can enroll in the college of his choice by January.
“I am hoping I can graduate early, because I’m ready to get into spring camp somewhere and start practicing,” he said.
What will be the biggest factor in determining Patterson’s decision?
“I would like to play early,” he said. “I only have two years, so I want to be out on the field. I am ready to make an impact somewhere. That’s what I am looking at when I break it all down.”