Indiana had two open scholarships coming into today for Kevin Wilson's 2015 Class. They've filled one of those slots, and in a big way.
Wilson inked Tennessee native & JUCO wideout Camion Patrick -- who had previously committed to Derek Dooley at Tennessee as a high school junior in January 2012. Yet, a less-than-good academic record resulting from a circuitous high school route (Patrick attended three high schools in the Knoxville area prior to graduating) led him to JUCO power East Mississippi. Patrick made the most of his time in Scooba, teaming up with former IU target Chad Kelly to lead the program to a junior college national championship last season.
He might be only a "three-star", but Patrick's certainly the type of player Indiana fans should be excited about. One of his former coaches likened the 6'2", 225-pound wideout to Auburn's Duke Williams. Butch Jones' Tennessee had re-offered the Knoxville area native, as had Kansas State, and he'd taken visits in recent days to Auburn and Louisville, but no offer was extended. Patrick had been on record stating that Tennessee was still "home" and a favorite in the past, so how did Kevin Wilson manage to swoop in and steal one from one of the nation's top recruiters?
I DON'T KNOW.
It's curious that Patrick popped for the Hoosiers shortly after 5-star offensive tackle Drew Richmond reversed course from Ole Miss and chose Tennessee. Maybe the Vols offered to grayshirt Patrick. Or he saw a clogged depth chart in Knoxville and a better opportunity to make a run at the NFL in Indiana's pass-happy offense. Or Kevin Wilson is a miracle worker. Tennessee outlets (including one familiar face) are still reporting that the Vols had interest, which is completely weird and inexplicable.
Camion Patrick to IU instead of UT. Hoosiers needed receiver help desperately. (Not that you guys asked, but now you know.)— Dustin Dopirak (@TennesseeBeat) February 4, 2015
But as someone with east Tennessee roots & a casual interest in Volunteer football -- Camion Patrick is good. And Indiana fans should be excited about adding a physical, outside deep-threat to Kevin Wilson's offense in the fall.