Pair of promising 2017s talk 'Bama camp

Alabama hosted its final prospect camp of the summer last week and many elites in multiple classes participated. Within state lines, a pair of rising-juniors in TaDarrius Patterson and LaBryan Ray impressed the Crimson Tide coaches.

Among the many talented prospects competing for offers and exposure during the final prospect camp at Alabama this summer, a pair of in-state juniors caught the attention of the UA staff.

Each with offers from others, including Power 5 programs, TaDarrius Patterson and LaBryan Ray reported plenty of interest last week.

"A great camp at Alabama, Kirby Smart was really impressed with my skills at linebacker," Patterson said. "He's going to offer real soon, they like me at inside linebacker.

"He said I remind him of C.J. Mosley and I'm high on the recruiting board. I look forward to that offer."

Smart, who coaches inside linebackers for Alabama, is joined by the reigning National Recruiter of the Year in the recruitment of the Birmingham (Ala.) Carter standout.

"Coach Mario Cristobal is my recruiter, but Kirby Smart is, too," he said. "He says he loves my skills and speed."

Patterson, who notched 94 tackles, including 11 sacks and 10 forced fumbles in 2014, camped at Kentucky over the weekend. The Wildcats, Charlotte 49ers and Alabama State Hornets comprise his current offer list.

"I did really well and won most of my one on ones," Ray said after his camp work out. "The coaches said that they were really interested with me. I got to talk to coach (Nick) Saban and he said that he was really interested in me and likes me."

The Madison (Ala.) James Clemens product's meeting with the champion coach was something he wasn't fully prepared for.

"We talked on the field but I didn't know what say when he came up to me," he said with a laugh. "I just couldn't believe it. I grew up watching them."

Ray, who sports offers from Duke, Louisville and several others, feels somewhat close to landing his first SEC extension.

"It would mean a lot because that's one the teams I admired growing up as a kid," he said.


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