LSU Football Recruiting: Vols or Tigers? Who Will Cordarrelle Patterson Choose?

Brett StephenAnalyst IIJanuary 31, 2012

National Signing Day is Wednesday, and LSU needs a big name to commit to make the 2012 class significant in the national picture.  They also need an elite wide receiver to make the class significant within the program.

There is no better wide receiver out there than the No. 1 junior college player in the nation, Cordarrelle Patterson. 

Dorial Green-Beckham, the nation’s top high school wide receiver and the No. 1 high school prospect left uncommitted, is out there as well, but Patterson’s big advantage is that he is proven on a higher level.

The Tigers have already signed former Tiger great Patrick Peterson’s younger brother, Avery Johnson, who is one of the most athletic wide receivers in the nation, but he is not as elite a talent as Patterson.

Patterson would give the Tigers a deep threat that they haven’t really had (or haven’t really utilized) since Brandon LaFell and Dwayne Bowe. 

With a new quarterback coming into play, LSU could use all of the top-tier weapons possible to ease him into SEC play and develop a true vertical passing game.

Patterson is currently said to have narrowed his choice down to the SEC.  Within the conference, he has been considering five possible destinations: Tennessee has been at the top of the list for a while, with LSU, Ole Miss, Georgia and Auburn also in the mix. 

Patterson is scheduled to announce his decision at 10:30 a.m. EST on National Signing Day.