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.