Arizona commitment talks Tide

Arizona quarterback commitment Shea Patterson thought he'd visit Alabama to see the campus and meet the staff, possibly to get a camp invite for this summer, but he left Tuscaloosa with a scholarship offer and a wrinkle in his recruitment.

Shea Patterson made headlines when the Texan committed to Rich Rodriguez and Arizona as a high school freshman more than a year ago.

Now living and quarterbacking in The Pelican State, for Shreveport (La.) Cavalry Baptist, he is in SEC country and checked out one of the top schools in the conference on Saturday as Alabama hosted a jam-packed junior day.

The class of 2016 signal-caller was surprised with a verbal scholarship offer from Nick Saban before heading back over the state line.

"I mean, I was just expecting to come and check things out and get an invite to their camp," Patterson said. "Then I was called into Coach Saban's office and he offered me."

The sophomore admits the news took him back a bit.

"I was lost for words," he said laughing. "It's always been my dream to play at a big time school like that.

"It made me think about how much harder I have to work and get better everyday."

Patterson, who stands 6-foot-2, 190 pounds and has added several offers since pledging to the Wildcats after his freshman football campaign, is taking things slowly as he digests his recruitment.

"I mean, I'm still committed (to Arizona), but receiving an offer from 'Bama is something I'm going to take into deep consideration," he said. "And I know it's a long process."

In between campus tours, a jersey presentation and a look at the Crimson Tide's basketball game against rival Auburn University, there wasn't a part of the trip that let Patterson down, he says.

"I enjoyed everything about it," he said. "There was not a dull moment on the visit. It was definitely first class."

There was even a peek at an NFL hopeful at his position while the big junior day group was shown one of the newer football facilities on campus.

"I got to watch A.J. McCarron workout and throw in the indoor facility," he said. "It was great, he looked really good."

Patterson is the sole class of 2016 commitment for Arizona at this time and Alabama doesn't have a verbal from a '16 prospect just yet.


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