Top 5 tackle takes in Tuscaloosa

It's safe to consider Javon Patterson a priority for Alabama in the class of 2015 at this early stage of the process based on the attention he received while in Tuscaloosa on Saturday. In what's shaping up to be a four-horse race, the standout offensive lineman provides the latest on what he thought of Alabama's big win and more.

Sometimes head to head games help recruits separate their thoughts on each program, especially when each has been after said prospect for some time. Class of 2015 Petal (Miss.) offensive lineman Javon Patterson is in that group, but he's not ready to name favorites even after witnessing Alabama blank Ole Miss, 25-0 on Saturday.

"It was great," he said after returning home. "My favorite part was the environment."

The 6-foot-4, 295-pound four-star offensive tackle prospect has always envisioned himself in the SEC and that notion doesn't seem to be changing any time soon.

"SEC schools are always a great environment, but the last two visits which is Auburn and Alabama, were great," he said. "Two big SEC wins overcoming adversity."

Already holding offers from the bulk of the SEC West including Alabama, Patterson is as wanted as it gets in the South. Alabama treated him as such as three different coaches, including Nick Saban, took time to speak to him while he was in Tuscaloosa.

"Coach [Burton] Burns, Saban and [Mario] Cristobal spoke to me," Patterson said. "Saying that they would love to coach me and just made me feel wanted. They said they had a big challenge today.

"They are recruiting me the hardest with (Mississippi) State, Ole Miss and Auburn."

Upon taking in the game, Patterson was drawn to Alabama's offensive line for plenty of reasons, though not focused on any one in particular.

"They're very physical and sound at what they do," he said.

The group is now under the direction of Cristobal, who has been a hit among recruits thus far in his Alabama tenure. A theoretical list of prospects that approve of him can be added to, according to Patterson.

"He's great, we have a great relationship," he said. "It's just his personality, he uses lots of humor."

Even still, the pursuit of the two SEC programs in Mississippi and the two in Alabama he's seen of late are all running together early on for one of the Magnolia State's best.

"They're pretty even with everyone else. No favorites," he said once more.

Could the commitment of close friend and class of 2014 Petal teammate Jesse Jackson provide an advantage for any one of the quartet of programs?

"We're close, but what's best for him may not be the best for me," Patterson said. "It's all about what's best for me and him."

Jackson, who was also at the game Saturday, told that he already made his decision although he has yet to go public with it. The three-star wide receiver added that neither Alabama or Ole Miss would be his school of choice.

Patterson is currently ranked as the No. 4 offensive tackle prospect in the country for the class of 2015.

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