Patterson recaps LSU trip

Five-star JUCO receiver Cordarrelle Patterson spent the weekend with Zach Mettenberger in Baton Rouge.

When LSU coach Les Miles met with the media this past week, one of the central themes when he talked about the 2012 season was the passing game – particularly what quarterback Zach Mettenberger, a pure passer, will bring to an offense that sputtered down the stretch of the 2011 season.

"We'll throw the football more," Miles said.

But with Rueben Randle gone for the NFL Draft, the Tigers lose a 6-foot-4, 208-pound target from the receiving corps. Sans Randle, LSU's next tallest wide receiver is 6-foot-3 redshirt freshman Armand Williams – who has yet to come close to the field after two seasons in the program.

Of the returning receivers that recorded action this past season, the tallest player is James Wright at 6-foot-2.

Cordarrelle Patterson

Enter Hutchinson Community (Kans.) College standout Cordarrelle Patterson, who caught 15 touchdowns this past season en route to being tabbed the No. 1 JUCO prospect by

This past, the 6-foot-4, 205-pounder was in Baton Rouge on his fifth and final official visit before he settles in to make his decision.

"I have to admit, the trip was pretty good," Patterson said. "It was quite a bit more than I expected. These campus trips I am taking have all been positive, and this one was really good. I am glad that I came and got an up close look before I decided on a school."

Mettenberger, who also spent time on the JUCO circuit before he arrived at LSU, hosted Patterson during the five-star prospect's 48 hours on campus.

"Mettenberger was fun to be around," Patterson said. "I played against him in junior college, so I already knew who he was. He's a great quarterback, a guy that any receiver would be happy to have on the team.

"Just being around him and meeting all the coaches and talking about what I could do at LSU was cool. That was the best part for me."

From Mettenberger to Miles, the message remained the same.

"LSU wants me to come in and play right away and be the replacement for Rueben Randle," Patterson said. "It was interesting to sit down with Coach Miles on Sunday and really talk about how they could use me.

"Other schools have some receivers that they already use, but LSU doesn't have the taller, big-time target, like Randle was. They are letting me know that I can be that person."

Cordarrelle Patterson

Former wide receivers coach Billy Gonzales, who is no longer on the LSU staff after taking the offensive coordinator job at Illinois, originally recruited Patterson, who graduated from high school in 2009 from Northwestern in Rock Hill, S.C.

Now, Miles has taken the reins.

"Coach Miles said he's going to be recruiting me the rest of the way," Patterson said. "This weekend I talked a lot with Coach Miles and Coach (John) Chavis. Those were the main two."

Later this week, Patterson will narrow his list to three programs, and he plans to announce his decision a day or two before National Signing Day on Feb. 1.

"It will come down to the wire," he said. "Every time I go on a visit someone else comes out on top, so I just need to go home and think about everything. This LSU trip was definitely a good one, though."

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