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August 2, 2012

UT commit no longer at Lenoir City

University of Tennessee Class of 2013 commitment Camion Patrick is no longer a member of the Lenoir City football program according to former assistant coach Corey Benjamin.

Corey Benjamin referred all questions to head Coach Mike Zeller, but did comment that Patrick's attendance for team events "has been intermittent."

Coach Zeller also confirmed Patrick was no longer a member of the Panthers, but said, "That's all I can give you."

When asked if it was something that happened abruptly over the summer or over time, Zeller said he couldn't comment.

"I think every coach goes through it. "Zeller said referring to losing a player. "You know, players move or situations happen. I just tell them you got to move on. We will get through it. It's an opportunity for someone to step up.

Zeller said he didn't have any details about Patrick's future.

Lenoir City teammate Lucas Hamilton, who has committed to Middle Tennessee State, said he hasn't had a chance to talk to Patrick.

"As far as him leaving, my mindset as well as the mindset of my teammates is still the same," said the Panthers tight end. "We're still are going to go out and compete every week. We will play our hardest, whether he is here or not it doesn't change the way we will play. We still like to play fast at Lenoir City and get up and down the field."

Patrick totaled more than 1,000 all-purpose yards in 2011 playing quarterback and wide receiver for the Panthers.

The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder was a an All-state selection and helped lead Lenoir City to the 5A quarterfinals last season before falling 34-26 to Powell.

Patrick also has received football offers from Alabama and Ole Miss.

Brad Pope, Hobe Brunson and Stump Martin contributed to this report


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