'They're up there'

Javon Patterson is one of the most sought after junior offensive linemen in America, and he was in Tuscaloosa once more on Saturday night for the showdown with LSU. He breaks down his experience and much more inside.

Among the elite prospects invited to attend Alabama's biggest home game of the year on Saturday night, with the LSU Tigers in town, was Javon Patterson.

The Scout 100 junior prospect is tabbed as the No. 4 guard prospect in the 2015 class, and he's been high on Nick Saban's program since earning an offer from the champs in March.

"It was crazy live," he said of the atmosphere at Bryant-Denney Stadium. "It was the crowd, plus more."

Patterson was once again able to speak with multiple Alabama coaches on the trip.

"The coaches said they would love for me to be apart of the program. Things like that," he said. "It was Coach [Burton] Burns and [Mario] Cristobal.

"I have a great relationship with them."

Admittedly not breaking thnigs down with his recruitment until "going into my senior season," the impression the Crimson Tide continues to make is one that could have the program in the long-term mix for the 6-foot-4, 295-pounder out of Petal (Miss.) High.

"They're up there, I just don't have a top group yet," Patterson said.

While on campus, one of Mississippi's top senior prospects was among the players he spent time with during the game.

"I was with my coaches, but met with people like C.J. Hampton and Drew Richmond," he said. "I know them both, we just talked about how their season is going and stuff like that."

Patterson added that the group, three players all with an Alabama offer to his name, didn't talk recruiting "that much." What was discussed was the atmosphere and vibe of the night, including what stood out most on the trip.

"The way Alabama keeps playing after one bad play," he said. "The environment, too. The game was the bigger rivalry (than others attended) probably."

The four-star was asked if Alabama would be in the mix once he was ready to narrow down from a list of several SEC scholarship offers.

"Yes," Patterson said.


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