June 22, 2011

Making the grade

Hutchinson (KS) Community College wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson laughed when asked if his name was being pronounced correctly.

After all, curious reporters aren't the only ones just now finding out about the 6-foot-4, 204-pounder who calls Rock Hill, S.C. home.

Blame Patterson's high school grades for that.

Due to his low scores, Patterson didn't receive a single sniff from big-time college recruiters, convinced that the soft-spoken standout would not qualify.

But after a successful year at Hutchinson - both on the field and in the classroom - Patterson is getting some significant attention, including from Georgia, one of 11 schools to have offered him a scholarship thus far.

"I'm interested a lot," said Patterson, who caught 52 passes for 908 yards and nine touchdowns last year for Hutchinson. "They're among the top five schools who are recruiting me the hardest."

Patterson said he and Bulldog receivers coach Tony Ball have struck up a quality relationship.

"We talk like maybe once or twice a week," Patterson said. "He'll try to call me or I'll try to call him. He's a good man. He's said some good things."

Of his 11 offers, Patterson counts ones from Nebraska, Arkansas, Auburn and Miami among them. However, Georgia's biggest threat could well be its neighbor to the north - Tennessee - which signed former high school teammate, quarterback Justin Worley, back in February.

Patterson said he plans on checking out the Vols later next month, but told UGASports he also plans on making a return trip to Athens around the same time, after making an initial visit to check out the Bulldogs in March.

"Everything was good, just like I wanted it to be," Patterson said. "I could see myself going there."

Patterson said he spoke at length with head coach Mark Richt who indicated there would be a quick opportunity for playing time.

That's just what Patterson wants to hear - from whomever he eventually signs with.

"That's (playing) is very important to me," said Patterson, who also returned 12 kickoffs for 410 yards and two touchdowns last fall. "I don't want to go anywhere that I'm going to be on the sidelines, redshirted or anything like that."

Patterson's just glad to be getting another chance after poor grades forced him to go the junior college route.

He blames no one but himself for his academic difficulties.

"I knew it was my fault," Patterson said. "I was slacking off in high school, not doing what I was supposed to do."

But thanks to his counselor at Hutchinson, who Patterson said has pushed him every day, he's going to get a second chance.

"I'm going to make the most of it," said Patterson, who said he will make his decision sometimes this fall. "The place I pick will be one that my family likes and where I feel most comfortable."

Anthony Dasher is
the managing editor for UGASports
and he can be reached via email at dash@ugasports.com.



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