The arrival of Patterson helps soften the recent loss of two in-state prep stars -- Portland's 6-8, 170-pound Cory Brewer and Memphis' 6-7, 225-pound Shawne Williams. Brewer picked Florida over UT and Williams opted for the University of Memphis.
Vol head man Buzz Peterson has now landed three transfers in the past two seasons. Previously signed were Memphis transfer Scooter McFadgon and Clemson transfer Jemere Hendrix. Both sat out the 2002-03 season and will be eligible this winter.