Top Juco WR Cordarrelle Patterson to Tennessee over LSU: What He Brings to Table

Ian Hanford@Ian_HanfordFeatured ColumnistFebruary 1, 2012

Courtesy of bluedragonsports.com
Courtesy of bluedragonsports.com

Wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson will take his talents to Knoxville to play for the Tennessee Volunteers next season.

Patterson is widely considered the top junior college wide receiver in the nation.

The LSU Tigers were also in the mix for the dynamic receivers playmaking ability. Patterson also took official visits to Auburn, Ole Miss and Georgia before spurning these schools for their SEC foe.

Patterson was electric, to say the least, in the junior college ranks this season. He was the Hutchinson Blue Dragon's best player en route to grabbing the 2011 Jayhawk Conference Offensive Player of the Year award.

Patterson also nabbed his second All-American honor at the junior college level this season.

He had 64 catches, 924 yards and 15 receiving touchdowns this season. However, Patterson did not strictly contribute through the air.

Patterson rushed for six touchdowns, and ran three kickoffs back for touchdowns. All of this helped Patterson accumulate 1,686 all-purpose yards for the Blue Dragons this season. He averaged a whopping 17.6 yards per touch.

The kick return facet of Patterson's game may be the most astounding. Patterson averaged over 50 yards a return this season.

Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley and the Volunteer coaching staff will welcome Patterson's talents with open arms. The Volunteers finished the 2011 season 5-7, and could sorely use a downfield threat to stretch the field.

 

Current Volunteer quarterback Tyler Bray has the arm to find Patterson. He had nearly 2,000 yards and 17 touchdowns last season despite missing five games because of injury.

 

Patterson will form a dynamic duo with Da'Rick Rogers in the Volunteer receiving corps. Rogers racked up over 1,000 receiving yards and nine touchdowns last season.

The addition of Patterson will help Rogers take the next step, and having Rogers in place will take some of the pressure off of Patterson's shoulders.

According to scout.com's Adam Kennedy, Patterson is a bully on the outside because of his size compared to defensive backs. His size creates mismatches, and Bray will certainly take advantage of his strength, and leaping ability, on the outside.

Signing Patterson was a major coup for Tennessee as they look to rise back to college football prominence.

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