Chad Simmons

In-state four-star offensive tackle Toryque Bateman recaps Alabama junior day visit

Scout300 offensive lineman and four-star Alabama prospect Toryque Bateman sat down with Nick Saban over the weekend.

Joining the Scout300 in November, things have been going steady for big Gadsden (Ala.) Gadsden City offensive lineman Toryque Bateman, a four-star with double-digit scholarship offers including MichiganMississippi StateTennessee, and Arizona State among others. 

Noticeably absent are the in-state SEC programs and Iron Bowl rivals, though it's something that can potentially change after the juinor's weekend trip to Alabama.

"It was awesome, it was fun," he said of Tuscaloosa. "The coaches showed love. I just enjoyed my time up there. 

"They all came and talked to me, one on one, and I talked to coach (Nick) Saban. They all want me to come around as much as possible."

In the coming months, a Crimson Tide scholarship offer could be the latest coup for Bateman, who says he measured in at 6-foot-8, 300 pounds while in town. 

"He (Saban) talked about an offer, and he wants me to come to camp," he said. "He said that he likes the fact that I can bend and that I'm athletic to be a big man. Honestly an offer would be awesome, a big accomplishment."

A basketball player turned offensive lineman, 'Bama covets Bateman as an offensive tackle, something it reiterated on Saturday. But he and many elite junior day visitors were able to see the big rivalry game in Coleman Coliseum while on the trip.

"We went to the 'Bama-Auburn basketball game, the game was fun in all aspects," he said.

There's little doubt who Bateman was rooting for. He says he and his entire family have long been UA fans, though the feeling won't cloud his evaluation process with so many schools vying for his services.

"It's nice," he said of the attention. "I'm just taking the process in before I have to make a big decision. Right now I'm still open to all." 

Bateman plans on taking more campus visits, though destinations are not yet known. The only upcoming event he has penciled in his schedule is The Opening Atlanta event on March 20.

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