Patrick Leitten hit the road for an invite-only junior day at Tennessee this month with a solid idea about Big Orange Country. That education got a boost with the mid-state talent’s return to Rocky Top.
“Man, it was awesome,” Leitten told InsideTennessee. “My last time here I was here for the home game against Georgia and that was obviously insane. Coming back today, I knew there was going to be a bunch of people here, but I still got to have one-on-one time with (Tennessee offensive line) coach (Don) Mahoney, (linebackers) coach (Tommy) Thigpen. Had a great time getting shown around the locker room, all the facilities, all the education, the academic standpoints they have to offer. It’s just a special place. I love coming back here every time. It’s just a good time.”
Butch Jones and staff have not yet offered the Ravenwood (Tenn.) High School junior a scholarship.
“I think they’re gonna just keep watching me, keep recruiting me and then they’re gonna come down maybe in the spring or they want me to come back up in the spring and then I think maybe get a look at me then. I think they’ll take things from there,” the offensive tackle said.
Vanderbilt and Wyoming offered Leitten a scholarship. If he were to receive one from the Volunteers, it would bring a smile to the 6-foot-7, 260-pounder’s face.
“That would probably be a…it would make me really happy,” Leitten said. “Getting an in-state offer from Tennessee, all the interest from coach Mahoney and all the coaches have shown me, all the comments they’ve made about my style of play, it would mean a lot to know and see them finish it off with an offer and really want me to come here to play for them.”
If the staff does offer Leitten, Tennessee figures to be a school that would immediately be one of the blocker’s favorites as the family connection extends from Brentwood to Knoxville.
“I have two older brothers that go here,” Leitten said. “I’ve been up here to visit them and been here when they visited for a college visit when they were making their decision. I grew up around a lot of Tennessee fans. Moving to Tennessee, living here most of my life, you just hear things just naturally. It just happens. Kind of seeing how it develops and seeing how the program has changed, it’s cool to see that they’ve really got something cool going on.”
Leitten played tackle for a Ravenwood offensive line that netted 155 rushing yards in the 2015 TSSAA Class 6A state championship win over Maryville.