Birmingham, Ala.--Athletic 6-1, 211 linebacker Tadarrius Patterson wasn’t sure what to expect when he made a visit to the Auburn Tigers last weekend. With his initial coaching contacts of Will Muschamp and Lance Thompson both now at South Carolina, he didn’t know where he stood with the Tigers, but it didn’t take him long to find out.
Spending time with new Auburn defensive coordinator Kevin Steele as well as linebackers Coach Travis Williams, Patterson got some news he didn’t expect when the Tigers extended an offer to him while on campus.
“I was surprised,” Patterson said. “I wasn’t planning on going down, I was actually supposed to be at Louisville last weekend. I came down for junior day and in my mind I was thinking that I was going to have to start all over being recruited by Auburn because I was only in contact with Coach Muschamp and Coach Thompson.
“I walked up to Coach Steele and tried to introduce myself to him and he was saying “I know who you are’,” he added. “I started trying on jerseys and Coach Williams came up to me and said ‘T.P. you are one of the best pass rushers and we want to offer you because we feel like you can be a game-changer for us and a heck of a pass rusher’.”
Those words were music to the ears of Patterson, who said he was really impressed by what he found at Auburn. That was especially the case with Williams.
“I was so shocked because I didn’t expect that,” Patterson said of the Auburn. “I thought I was just coming down to introduce myself and go back home. Coach Williams hit me with that and I was just like God works in mysterious ways.
“What stood out to me the most on Saturday was Coach Williams and how he takes care of his players off the field and on the field,” he added. “It’s more to football to him and I can see it. I just feel like that’s someone I can be around and trust the next three or four years. Coach Williams has really made an impact on my recruiting. He knows what you need to get to the next level after college and he knows what you need in college.”
Planning to visit Alabama this coming weekend as well as Tulane in April, Patterson has offers from Kentucky, Mississippi State, Southern Miss, Troy and several others already with Oklahoma getting closer to pulling the trigger. With things changing almost daily for him the talented linebacker said at the moment he’s just taking things slowly.
“I don’t know whether to give it time or to commit,” Patterson said. “I’m just giving it time right now and giving other schools a chance.”
Tiger Ticket Extra: On a visit to Carver last spring Scout had a chance to see Patterson, get photos, etc. At the time he was 5-11, 190. In just under a year he's grown two inches and gained 20 pounds, showing that he's likely to be much bigger and stronger by the time he gets on a college campus.