Cordarrelle Patterson: Tennessee denies ‘package deal’ with ex-UGA 5-star recruiting target

University of Tennessee officials told the AJC on Friday that there’s no connection between 5-star WR Cordarrelle Patterson signing with the Volunteers last month and one of Patterson’s coaches recently joining Tennessee’s football staff.

Patterson played at Hutchinson (Kan.) junior college and was ranked as the No. 1 overall JC prospect in the nation. Up until the final hours before signing day, nearly every recruiting analyst was predicting for Patterson to sign with UGA.

Last week, the Tennessee Rivals website Volquest.com reported that Hutchinson assistant head coach Brandon Staley “will have an undisclosed role in the Tennessee football program.” It immediately sparked speculation, especially among Tennessee fans on this message board, that Staley was part of a delayed “package deal” involving Patterson.

We asked Tennessee for some clarification.

It was high fives for everyone on signing day when Derek Dooley landed the No. 1 junior college player in the nation over UGA (AP/file photo)

It was high fives for everyone in Rocky Top on signing day when Derek Dooley landed the No. 1 junior college player in the nation for the Tennessee Volunteers over UGA. Nearly all of the recruiting analysts had predicted the Bulldogs (AP/file photo)

On Friday, Tennessee athletics spokesman Jimmy Stanton told the AJC that Staley is an ‘intern” within the football program and said that there was “no correlation between his hire and Patterson.”

We also contacted Cordarrelle Patterson about his coach going from junior college to Tennessee with him.

“It feels pretty good to have a coach over there that I already know,” Patterson told the AJC. “[Staley] coached me in junior college and it was a pretty good experience.”

Were the twosome a “package deal” to the Volunteers?

“No, I didn’t know anything about that,” Patterson said. “He [Staley] went … he did that a couple of days after I signed. I don’t even want to get into all of that.”

Now there were always rumors that Tennessee had inside position with the NFL-bound WR because his high school quarterback, Justin Worley, already plays for the Volunteers. What about that? “That wasn’t as big of a factor as everybody thought,” Patterson said. “But it is pretty nice to have a player and coach on the team already there that you’ve already bonded with.”

Patterson on why he picked Tennessee: “It just always felt like home for me. I felt that way deep down for a long time. When I went on my visits, all those other schools started jumping ahead of Tennessee. But when things winded down, I knew Tennessee was the best place for me.”

Patterson on which school was runner-up: “Shoot, I don’t know. You could put Georgia, LSU and Ole Miss in there together.”

Patterson on which non-Tennessee coach was the nicest: “The Ole Miss coach [Hugh Freeze] is a good guy. I wish I could’ve gotten to know him a lot more. He came in there at the end. I wish I could’ve gotten to know him like the Tennessee coaches.” Not the nicest? “Probably the KU coach, Charlie Weis. He was kind of mean. He was straight forward, yelling and screaming, and all this stuff. I didn’t have time for that.”

Back to the package deal issue: Tennessee was part of one of Georgia’s all-time most infamous “package deals.” In 2010, then-Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin started a two-for-one special finished by Derek Dooley that successfully poached Georgia’s No. 1 overall prospect, WR Da’Rick Rogers, who was a longtime UGA commitment. How did they do it? Tennessee also offered Da’Rick’s high school QB and best friend, Nash Nance.

Tennessee used a 2009

Tennessee used a 2010 "package deal" to poach the state's No. 1 overall prospect, WR Da'Rick Rogers, who was a longtime UGA commitment (AJC)

UGA has also had success with “package deals,” including a couple from 2010: The Bulldogs secured their commitment with LB Alec Ogletree after offering a football scholarship to his twin brother. Also, on signing day in 2010, UGA abruptly offered and signed little-known Wilcox County WR Lonnie Outlaw, who was the cousin and best friend of QB-DB Nick Marshall, who signed with the Bulldogs last year (both Outlaw and Marshall are currently enrolled at junior colleges).

Last year, UGA made a surprise late offer to Isaiah Crowell’s best friend since kindergarten, Quintavious “Cootie” Harrow. At the time, Crowell’s mother said she was thrilled for Harrow, while adding the famous line, “I’m not selling my son’s soul to the devil.”

This year, Avery Young’s high school coach from Florida denied he was part of a UGA “package deal” gone wrong. Or part of any type of package deal involving the 5-star OL who broke UGA’s heart when he picked Auburn on signing day. A few weeks after signing day, Young’s high school was named the new football coach at Cedar Shoals High School in Athens. One of the references on his job application was UGA’s Mark Richt.

However, UGA did land its top OL target, 5-star John Theus, after signing his brother at long snapper the year before. What about Georgia Tech? There was speculation that 4-star basketball recruit Robert Carter was part of a “package deal” involving the son of his AAU coach, who transferred to play for the Yellow Jackets last summer.

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What do we think about package deals? We love them. We’d do them all day long in exchange for 5-star recruits. Derek Dooley deserves harsh criticism. Not for the alleged package deal for Cordarrelle — because that was brilliant, if true. No, he should be criticized for not wheeling and dealing MORE. Tennessee has lost seven assistant coaches since the end of last season.  Dooley had room and leverage to make some magic happen and land an army of 5-star recruits.

Like every year, we look forward to seeing plenty of more package deals this year, especially with how talented-loaded the state of Georgia is for 2013. We would not be surprised to see UGA or Auburn (or even Alabama) consider finding some departmental position for former Troup High School head coach Charles Flowers, who is a mentor to LB Reuben Foster, who is ranked as the nation’s No. 2 overall prospect and committed to Alabama but still flirting with UGA and Auburn. Flowers was fired at Troup last month apparently over the improper transfer of a player to the school. Flowers, who is still very well-respected within the state, is considered be a “father figure” by Foster, who has vowed not to play at Troup next year without his coach.

The nation’s No. 1 overall football prospect, Grayson High School’s Robert Nkemdiche, has stopped short of calling himself a “package deal” with his best friend since the sixth grade, David Kamara. But it sure sounds like one. After Big Rob went public with his wishes a couple of weeks ago, Kamara got offers from Clemson, Ole Miss and Mississippi State. UGA may have missed out on gaining inside position on Nkemdiche by not signing his older brother last summer.

Switching over to basketball, we also would not be surprised to see UGA’s Mark Fox or Georgia Tech’s Brian Gregory take a close look at Miller Grove High School coach Sharman White, who has been courted by other colleges, including Memphis, in past years. White has impeccable credentials after leading Miller Grove to four straight state championships in basketball. He also happens to be the coach of the nation’s No. 21 overall prospect, power forward Tony Parker, who is uncommitted.

  • Summary: If you look close enough, there is almost always a possible “package deal” looming around every elite prospect. It’s nothing new. Probably the best package deal of all-time was by Arkansas in 2005 when it hired high school coach Gus Malzahn (who had no previous college experience) as an Razorbacks assistant. Malzahn was followed to Arkansas by four of his players, including one 5-star and one 4-star. Or there’s Danny Manning, the basketball superstar who signed with Kansas and brought along his father as an assistant coach for the Jayhawks.

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138 comments Add your comment

A-Ville Ranger

March 17th, 2012
12:52 am

Douglas, Vince was no saint by any stretch, time does fog the memory sometimes.

Kingdaddy

March 17th, 2012
1:26 am

Apples don’t fall far from the tree…

RedandBlackDAWG

March 17th, 2012
7:35 am

It may be unethical, but that doesn’t mean it is illegal.

atltiger15

March 17th, 2012
7:44 am

Foster is going to play at Oxford High school in Alabama. Oxford is a bama pipeline if you are worth anything. This is bad news for me, an AU fan and Dawg fans who had visions of POSSIBLY making his decision that much more difficult

A Father

March 17th, 2012
7:56 am

Ga has made as many package deals as anyone else regarding football players. Kip Adams has done a great job recruiting for GA the past few years. His staying in valdosta holding JHC hand and helping with the signature on the LOI was very good for GA. .

CT, your article about statues today was very good, ashame you block me from posting on your articles now because I hurt your feelings. Anyway, good article.

Paddy

March 17th, 2012
7:57 am

Zander got to play alot last year. Maybe that was not a package deal and he really can contribute.

coloradofalconsfan

March 17th, 2012
8:06 am

Best package deal of all time? Larry Brown signing Danny Manning’s father as an assistant coach.

Bulldog Proud

March 17th, 2012
8:07 am

Best package deal ever, Pete and Press Maravich!

Missing Link

March 17th, 2012
9:04 am

His JC coach…nor Dooley will be around for his college career. Dooley needs to win 8, maybe nine games to finish. The measuring stick in the SEC is Saban, who won a NC in year 3….Of course in Athens, we’ve waited 11 years….and like golf, the more Richt plays, the worse he gets.

ElvinBishopBand

March 17th, 2012
9:22 am

Dooley needs to do whatever it takes to get some players NOW! He can worry about that one slot down the road. Programs like UGA and other lesser teams can entice good players with a friend since they can’t sign enough top talent to even use the scholly and UGA is a great example. Saban let a future NFL players walk (keenan Allen) due Keenan wanted his pitiful brother (transfer from Buffalo) to get a scholly as well. No deal and they’re both at Cal (who cut a deal for a coach with these two as well). Go for it since it’s part of the UGA tradition.

Forget Rueben at UGA. He’s all Bama and will be in T-town for 3 days and the A-day game. I guess you guys will bring in around 45k for your G–day (again). UGA football Big Hat and No Cattle.

Destin Dawg

March 17th, 2012
9:24 am

not working out so well for Duh Rick or Nance ?? !!

Destin Dawg

March 17th, 2012
9:27 am

Zander Ogletree is a great player… had offers from FSU, among others… Alec committed 1st.. Go dawgs !!

Just Curious!

March 17th, 2012
9:33 am

What has Rodgers done to get in trouble at Tenn since the initial trouble he was a part of?

Flo-Ri-Duh

March 17th, 2012
9:35 am

Duh”rick’s got those shifty eyes…… to much lawyer in him to be trusted. Package deal or not he did something shifty to get Rogers away from UGA and now Patterson. I would let him know that he is not welcome on the UGA campus. Those of you saying the Theus brothers are a package deal may be right but John’s brother was rated the #1 snapper in the country and he will play center at UGA – which was his position in high school.. All of the package “deals” at UGA have actually played on the field. Zander Ogletree will bre the starting fullback this year unless a freshman beats him out. Crowell’s buddy was a key player on special teams last year and he is a CB. Where is Roger’s buddy Nance now? He didn’t have the talent to play division one ball and Dooley knew it. Nance never played a down at Tennessee and is no longer on the team. Nkemdiche’s friend, Kamara, who is not rated as a CB (he is a good athlete) will get a package deal because of Nkemdiche but they may not be at the same school. Bummer hasn’t offered – they don’t need to. Package deals with jobs given to girl friends, jobs given to coaches, etc. where money is involved is kind of sleazy because it is basically a bribe.

Fill Fulmer

March 17th, 2012
9:39 am

All you sour grapes bulldog fans are gonna eat your words this year. Vols are gonna have a better year than the dogs. the passing game for UT is gonna wear out the undermanned dbackfield of the pups. Mizzou is gonna win there first SEC game and the preacherman is gonna feel the heat.

Mark Richt, doing less with more for over a decade.

Francis

March 17th, 2012
9:46 am

Tyler Bray is going to have
6′4 Justin Hunter
6′3 Da’Rick
6′4 C. Patterson

That is a pretty amazing group.

slydog

March 17th, 2012
9:51 am

What is the big deal? College football is just another criminal enterprise for billionaires and their children who attend these schools. The “writer” seems to think this guy won’t get paid much at all. Well, unlike a graduate assistant, he can get paid whatever Tennessee can slide under the table. He has a family and they have to eat, don’t they? Use your common sense. Once again, Patterson is just a piece of meat, chattel, a piece on the checker board, to be used up and dispose of for the next 2-3 years. Then his coach can take his bribe money back to the hick town he came from.

Ole Yeller Dawg

March 17th, 2012
10:06 am

“If you can’t Dazzle them with brilliance, then you Razzle them with B.S.”

A Father

March 17th, 2012
10:06 am

Tennessee now has an offense better than what GA will field in 2012. QB better, Recvr’s better, RB better but maybe a GA freshman will prove otherwise, OL is better, TE is better.

Defense, Only LSU, ALABAMA, SC have better

Development of players is key, our recv’rs cannot improve with a 5′11″ QB name Murray that is inaccurate, weak armed and panic stricken.

Spike

March 17th, 2012
10:44 am

Yea, that Nash Nance deal has worked out well.

Send'em UHauls

March 17th, 2012
10:49 am

Fire Rodney Garner… Our recruiting class is still weak. Mark Richt had better not lose to SC for the third straight time or his A&& is grass!

Dekalb Fan

March 17th, 2012
10:54 am

Enter your comments here Patterson is not 6′4 . He is around 6′2. Rodgers hasn’t did well against the top teams in SEC. Darrick has not been that impressive for all of the hype he had.

Dawg48

March 17th, 2012
11:10 am

Francis
March 17th, 2012
9:46 am

Tyler Bray is going to have
6′4 Justin Hunter
6′3 Da’Rick
6′4 C. Patterson

That is a pretty amazing

And no O line, a smart mouth QB that want make it threw the season, no running game.
And a no Deffense.

Dawg48

March 17th, 2012
11:22 am

I was talking about DA’Rick Dooley and the big orange boys.

A Father

March 17th, 2012
11:34 am

DaRick 6′3″ 215 Ranked as Number 2 Recvr in the SEC for the 2011 Season. Dawg48, you lose credibility fast

Dawg48

March 17th, 2012
11:36 am

Father, first question.
What did I say about DaRick?

Dawg48

March 17th, 2012
11:44 am

Big Crimson 75

March 17th, 2012
12:10 pm

bitter — I’m not fat you GD redneck.

Eisendawg

March 17th, 2012
12:38 pm

I always wondered if Terence Moore was a package deal with Mark Bradley. If this was the case, it worked out similar to DaRick and Nash, except that I actually like Mark Bradley.

Gorilla Biscuit

March 17th, 2012
12:55 pm

Everybody is liberal…until they get a job.

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bitter grassy knoll

March 17th, 2012
1:53 pm

@a father—your a mother f—–negitive bamma fan, moonpie eating trailer trash

crimson 75 ===struck a nerve—–dont blame me for your obcession with moon pies—hahahaha

Hey Hey Hey We're the Monkees

March 17th, 2012
2:08 pm

This package deal is getting out of hand. Soon all the top prospects will be demanding package deals in order to commit. Herschel Walker would be expecting schollies for two buddies and two cousins to sign today. Even though they are all 5′8′ and 170 lbs and run a 5.8 40.

Old HS Coach (ret)

March 17th, 2012
2:13 pm

That S.White fella at Miller Grove;
has impeccale creds alright.

He`s a durn good recruiter at the HS level.

Which is s`posed to be illegal per GHSA.
[`course everybody does it]
that makes it okay – right ?

Impeccable – my ass.

I would love to see his record if he had to really coach;
‘ on a level playing field ‘. `er court.
[him, Boyd, Lipscomb and the rest of the AAU hook-ups]

PDawg

March 17th, 2012
2:24 pm

dooley’s getting desperate, hiring coaches to get a player. it was a package deal—everyone knows it–drop the BS spin and admit the truth. 1 more year of beatdowns and dooley’s getting fired—book it!

tenn.DAWG

March 17th, 2012
2:26 pm

Let’s be real,everybody knows it was a package deal.No different than the DaRick deal.

don't go overboard

March 17th, 2012
2:49 pm

If you have the room, without taking away from other scholarship needs, there is no problem with it. As long as there is no other under the table benefits.

don't go overboard

March 17th, 2012
2:57 pm

Not sure Patterson ever listed Georgia as team to beat. Ga was definitely on his list, but I don’t know where all of a sudden GA was the favorite according to all the so called “experts”. They’re all just “opinions” by those guys anyways.
I’ve heard “opinions” Patterson will be a one year and done for Tenn. So it won’t really matter with the big team picture.
Absolute hilarious comment about Charlie Weiss! He always came across as a d-bag.

Hey Hey Hey We're the Monkees

March 17th, 2012
3:23 pm

When the Dawgs signed the Luckie triplets back in the 90’s. Was that considered a package deal?

CC

March 17th, 2012
3:33 pm

UT is always doing something sketchy. Hopefully, the NCAA will investigate this hiring.

Tdawg

March 17th, 2012
4:01 pm

Hey Hey Monkees I was thinking about that myself. Thing is though. Which one ot the triplets was suppose to be the big catch?

Like I said. I have no problem with package deals as long as the deal that involves the school making the offering, doesn’t involve bringing along his parents, coach or anyone else that are to be employed by that school. Money is involved in a deal like that regardless of what some clueless idiot will tell you. Now if the coach or parents, friends, brother, sister, or what ever was to enroll and count against that schools number of scholarship offers, then that is also fine with me. As far as saying that the deal is no different than the Liar and his buddy Nash Nances deal. There is a big difference between the two. The coach will not be playing football, will not be attending any classes and will be getting paid regardless of what some ot these loons will tell you. If that coach isn’t going to be paid then Tennessee must have one he!! of a foodstamp and welfare program.

slydog

March 17th, 2012
4:20 pm

Some you people are idiots. So liberals don’t have jobs? How many “conservative” teachers did you have from K-12? If not for liberals, would any of you have gotten a free public education? Would have a blog in order to voice your opinion? The internet? How about protection of Freedom of speech, which allows you to point out the only two black reporters you could find that you didn’t like? Terrence Moore says what’s on his mind, and now he’s a piece of sh** (does not matter if you agree with him or not), but you all call Bradley out as a coward, a panderer, a UGA homer and you like him better? I’m no liberal, Democrap or conservative, Repukelic, but some of you are be played for fools. How the heck is Black Cynthia Tucker going to change the minds of children of white conservatives? Use your damn heads. Her job is to teach the fundamentals of journalism and not elicit one opinion, nothing more, nothing less.

Kingdaddy

March 17th, 2012
5:14 pm

For every Action, there’s an Equal and Opposite Reaction. He can only hire so many coaches without letting someone go. Maybe he’s an up-grade. It’s no big deal. Don’t know how this has degenerated into a political discussion. HAPPY ST.PATRICK’S. DAY. Everyone in Sav. is DRUNKKKKKKK!

Kingdaddy

March 17th, 2012
5:27 pm

I know UT will not su*k forever, but I don’t think they are ready to contend for SEC Championship yet. TN. fans are very demanding and passionate about their football. Kinda like everyone else. LOL. Verdict is still out on young Dooley ….

Francis

March 17th, 2012
6:27 pm

I’m surprised UGA fan is not playing the
we didn’t offer him card for Patterson.
Or the we did not want him anyway thingy, lol

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kral

March 17th, 2012
9:05 pm

flagarent 1 in VCU & IND…was insane

Flo-Ri-Duh

March 17th, 2012
9:12 pm

Duh’Rick has two All American candidates at WR for the all sleaze team. He has a degree in sleaze.

kral

March 17th, 2012
9:23 pm

There is justice in the world of sports…the one called for the flagarent 1 hits the game winner

Flo-Ri-Duh

March 18th, 2012
12:50 am

Duh’Rick now has two potential All SEC WRs – ill gained or not. That’s all that matters these days. Integrity and truth? Who cares?