Vols add local talent

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Derek Dooley and the Tennessee coaching staff have secured their third commitment of the 2013 recruiting class and this time he is local.

Lenoir City product Camion Patrick pledged to the Vols during an unofficial visit, one of three that he has taken to the Vols over the last three weekends.

Patrick, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound wide receiver, claims 4.4 40-yard-dash speed and also doubles as a punt returner for the Panthers.

As a junior, Patrick had 41 receptions for 774 yards and five touchdowns. He added 49 rushes for 441 yards and 4 touchdowns.

Patrick and the Lenoir City Panthers are coming off a 7-6 campaign after advancing to the third round of the TSSAA Class 5A state playoffs where they eventually fell to the Powell Panthers 34-26.

"We had a pretty good season," Patrick said. "We played well and got to the third round of the playoffs and then we faced Powell. You know, they have Dy'Shawn Mobley and I think we played a little nervous. We were a little upset with the loss, but it was a good year overall."

Patrick was in just his first season at Lenoir City after transferring in from Clinton High School, where he was equally successful in his sophomore season when he was an all-district selection after reeling in 19 receptions for 322 yards and two touchdowns. Even more impressive were his rushing statistics totaling 121 rushes for 923 yards and nine touchdowns.

Patrick joins junior Tennessee commitments Mackensie Alexander and Austin Sanders.


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