Patterson still wide open

One of the more dominant playmakers in the junior college circuit still hasn't committed his services to a four-year university. Sign in or subscribe now to see what he told about his plans.

If you're not first, you're last.

Not only does that statement hold true if you're turning left in Bristol or Talladega, but also in the world of recruiting — brownie points for finishing runner-up do a program no good.

Getting an offer to a young man before everyone else goes a long way in picking up a commitment.

Tennessee issuing Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College's Cordarrelle Patterson his first scholarship offer earlier this year continues to stick in the back of the head of the 6-foot-3 1/2, 205-pound wide receiver.

Few teams with any spots available for a wide receiver haven't attempted to get Patterson's signature.

Hutchinson struggled in its 40-7 loss last week to Air Force Prep, falling to No. 15 in the NJCAA poll.

"They put a whoopin' on us," said Patterson, who had his team's lone score on a reception and finished with nine catches for 115 yards. "I feel like I did a couple pretty good things."

There to check out the action were Tennessee wide receivers coach Charlie Baggett and quarterbacks coach Darin Hinshaw. They called and talked to Patterson later that weekend.

Hutchinson is now 2-1 and Patterson leads the team in both catches (18) and receiving yardage (252). The Rock Hill, S.C., native continues to show his worth in the kick return game as well, averaging a mind-boggling 56.8 yards in his four returns that includes two TDs with a long of 97 yards.

Patterson admitted that opponents are catching onto his talents by double teaming him. He said that Hutchinson offensive coordinator Josh Gooch and wide receivers coach Tommy Mangino are helping find ways to get him open.

While he hasn't trimmed his list of schools, Patterson did say that the ones recruiting him the hardest are Tennessee, Georgia, Arkansas and Auburn. He added Texas Tech and Baylor as potentials given how much he's seen both throw the football.

He caught the Tennessee-Cincinnati and Georgia-South Carolina games on television, noting that seeing Vol quarterback complete 34 passes for 405 yards and four TDs against the Bearcats.

"It gets my attention," Patterson said. "I didn't think they threw the ball that much (before the Cincinnati game), but they aired it out a lot."

Patterson sat out a year after finishing up at Northwestern (S.C.) High School. As a freshman at HCC, he totaled 52 catches for 908 yards and 11 TDs.

He doesn't sound like he is close to picking his next destination, nor will that news come anytime soon.

"I was going to try to make it before the end of the season, but I don't know," he said. "I'm probably going to wait."

Patterson plans to take some official visits but hasn't decided which schools. One visit is likely to occur next weekend.

The Blue Dragons play Highland at Gowans Stadium on Saturday night. They then have a bye before playing in Fort Scott, Kan., on Oct. 1.

Patterson hopes to take a few more visits after his season concludes, which would be Dec. 3 if they make it to the Salt City Bowl. He is on track to graduate following the fall semester and to enroll at a four-year university in January.

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