February 4, 2009
Noxubee County wide receiver Patrick Patterson ended months of speculation about where he is going to play college football this morning when he chose the Ole Miss Rebels.
Patterson made his announcement during a special signing special on WCBI.
After making his decision public, Patterson was just happy the hype was over.
"There is a lot of stuff going on with me signing with Ole Miss, but I felt it was a benefit for me," Patterson said. "I was doing what was right for me and was just following my heart."
Patterson committed early with Mississippi State, but ended up backing off during the middle of the football season. He also considered Alabama.
In the end, the relationship he developed with Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt won out.
"I felt welcome and developed a relationship with the coach," Patterson said. "I felt like I could just sit down and talk to him about anything."
Patterson, who had 209 catches for 3,574 yards and 42 touchdowns in his career, said he made his final decision this past weekend.
Noxubee County coach M.C. Miller said that Ole Miss was getting an outstanding player and person in Patterson.
"He is a very hard worker and I think he will do well there," Miller said.
Tupelo wide receiver Chad Bumphis and Louisville defensive back Dennis Thames honored their commitments to Mississippi State and made their signings official this morning. Noxubee County linebacker Deontae Skinner also confirmed his signing with the Bulldogs.
Thames said the atmosphere sold him on Mississippi State.
"It was just the opportunity to go see the school," Thames said. "I got to know the coaches and met other people."
For a complete wrap up of National Signing Day see Thursday''s edition of The Commercial Dispatch.
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