January 29, 2009

Patterson prepares for final visit

With a four-star ranking that also include billing as the high school wide receiver with the best hands in the nation, Patrick Patterson continues to receive plenty of attention as recruiting for the Class of 2009 winds toward National Signing Day on Wednesday.

Already this week the 6-foot-3-inch, 215-pound prep All-American with 4.5 speed in the 40-yard dash has received visits from Alabama's Nick Saban and Tennessee's Lane Kiffin.

"It's been pretty good (this week). I've had a couple of in-home visits this week, one with Nick Saban and Lane Kiffin came down but I didn't have too long to meet with him," Patterson said. "He came before the other coaches had showed up, and I talked to him at the school."

Though Patterson indicated logistics prevented him from spending as much time with Kiffin, the Macon (Miss.) Noxubee County product did like Kiffin's message.

"It went pretty good. He was talking about the offense, that it's going to be more like a pro style offense," Patterson said. "They're going to run a pro style offense. And (Kiffin) was talking about how he's put a lot of receivers in the NFL."

Patterson, who shined in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio Jan. 3, also was intrigued by Kiffin's message that early playing time could be earned.

"He said I had the opportunity to play as a true freshman," said Patterson, who indicated that would be a factor in his college choice.

With the Vols landing the coveted prospect's final official visit this weekend, they get the last chance to make an overwhelming impression before the quiet period that leads into the hysteria of National Signing Day.

Patterson knows what he wants to see in Knoxville this weekend.

"I'll be checking out the campus and trying to develop a relationship with the players and coaches," he said.

Rivals.com ranks Patterson as a four-star prospect, the No. 4 wideout in the nation, the state of Mississippi's top prospect and the 50th-best prospect nationally.

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