In-state linebacker Tadarrius Patterson visits Alabama, meets with several coaches Monday

In-state linebacker Tadarrius Patterson has been high on Alabama for some time and after visiting campus again Monday, he could be closing in on the coveted scholarship offer.

With about 20 scholarship offers to his name including the newest from Cal, it's a coast-to-coast race for the services of Birmingham (Ala.) Carver linebacker Tadarrius Patterson

But one in-state program has yet to offer, the national champion Alabama Crimson Tide. The three-star talent was back in Tuscaloosa Monday as Nick Saban and company held its second spring practice.

Patterson spent considerable time with area-recruiter Mario Cristobal while in town.

"They all talked with me," Patterson said of the coaching staff. "Same stuff, he (Cristobal) feels I will play in the NFL and they just want me to come to camp. He said, so we can pull the offer, be we want you to come here any time you want. 

"I talked to coach Saban, he said they will be down this spring to see me."

Recruiting Patterson as both and inside linebacker with the ability to rush the passer on third down as well, there was multiple focuses while taking in the practice.

"It was great, he asked did I see how each players gets a set of reps to earn a starting spot," Patterson said. "I watched the majority of practice with (strength) coach (Scott) Cochran. 

"(Reuben) Foster and Tim Williams is who I watched the whole day. They just love it and I love the way they run things in practice and the tempo, being around the coaches, too." 

A summer camp performance will be key in the Carver star's recruitment depending on the status of the Alabama offer. He admits it could go a long way.

"It would be a game changer, it feels like they treat me like I already have the offer," he said. "But the new D.C. (Jeremy Pruitt) needs to see my linebacker skills. 

"He feels like someone I've known for a very long time. He just keeps it real and told me from day one, 'I want you to be honest with me because I'm always going to be honest with you.' I feel like I could tell him anything." 

Patterson, who is spending part of his spring break in California this week, has elected to decide August 19 when the Rams open the 2015 season. 

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