Tennessee football coach Butch Jones said his discussions with Cordarrelle Patterson have led him to believe the junior receiver is "definitely going to the NFL."
"He's a special player with a great skill set," Jones said. "I wish him well."
Jones said he's met with every junior considering an early entrance in the NFL draft, including quarterback Tyler Bray, who has not announced a decision.
"We've had conversations (with Bray)," Jones said. "In a very short period of time, it's hard for them, because they really don't know me. But you try to be as upfront and honest as possible....We'll support them in whatever choice they make."
Jones spoke to the News Sentinel in a wide-ranging interview Wednesday, one of a flurry of interviews and radio appearances Jones has conducted during a media tour this week.
Although Jones brought an almost entirely new coaching staff, there will be few noticeable changes to Tennessee's administrative staff.
Jones confirmed that Brad Pendergrass and Scott Altizer, who served as director of football operations and director of football relations, respectively, under Derek Dooley, are working as a part of his staff.
"They really know the lay of the land," Jones said.
NFL liaison Bill Baker and Vol for Life coordinator Antone Davis also will stay on.
Chris Spognardi, who was Jones' chief of staff at Cincinnati, will have a similar role at Tennessee. Keith Pantling, another Cincinnati staff member, will also have an administrative role under Jones at UT.
Jones said Tennessee’s spring game would still be played on April 20, 2013, as originally scheduled. He said the Vols would likely practice six times before spring break, which runs March 22-28, and then seven times leading up to the spring game. Jones said the plan is to practice three times a week -- Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him at www.Twitter.com/TennesseeBeat.