September 15, 2008

Four-star WR opens recruiting back up

Patrick Patterson was in Starkville, Miss., on Saturday night.

On Sunday, he was adding to Mississippi State's misery.

One day after watching the Bulldogs' anemic offense spoil a solid defensive performance in a 3-2 loss to Auburn, Patterson said he is no longer committed to Mississippi State.

"I'm pretty much open," Patterson said. "Mississippi State isn't throwing the ball around enough for me."

The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder from Macon (Noxubee County), Miss., wasn't impressed with Mississippi State's offense, a unit that was held to 116 yards of total offense by Auburn. The Bulldogs' passing game managed just 78 yards against the Tigers, and Mississippi State was a stunning 0-for-14 on third downs.

"I think they could have won the game," Patterson said. "The quarterback had a bad game."

The four-star wide receiver said he's looking at Ole Miss, Southern Mississippi, Auburn and Alabama, and there are indications the Rebels and Crimson Tide have emerged as the teams to beat for his considerable services.

"Southern Miss, Alabama and Ole Miss are throwing it," Patterson said. "I talked to Ole Miss two times. They're just telling me I have a chance to come in and start and play early. They have a pretty good chance. Alabama is recruiting me hard. I like how they throw the ball around."

As for Mississippi State, the Bulldogs appear to have lost serious ground. Asked where the Bulldogs stood as of Sunday night, Patterson softly said: "I can't say. I don't know. I haven't talked to them."

Patterson, who has led Noxubee County to a 2-0 start thanks to three touchdown catches, said he plans to attend a college game this weekend. Ole Miss' 6 p.m. Southeastern Conference opener against Vanderbilt in Oxford is a prime candidate, but Patterson said no firm plans have been made yet.

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