ATLANTA -- On February 1, 2012, Cordarelle Patterson, a five-star wide receiver from Hutchinson Community College, chose to sign with the Tennessee Vols over Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss, Florida and Nebraska.
At the time, the Vols had Justin Hunter and DaRick Rogers on the roster arguably the top two receivers in the SEC. Rather than shy away from the competition, Patterson went towards to it.
Watching those two guys made me want to come here and be with those guys and compete, Patterson told the Times Free Press.
Patterson gave the Vols reason for excitement upon signing for the Vols. He was a two-time JUCO All-American and Hutchinson and set 13 school records in the process.
His teammates didnt hold back the praise during SEC media days this summer.
Quarterback Tyler Bray described Patterson as a mix between Justin and DaRick, adding, Its kinda hard to compete with those guys. Linebacker Herman Lathers said, Ill take them on my team any day.