Defensive Lineman Ready for Final Visit

South Carolina high school standout Adam Patterson will check out the Tigers before making his decision.

Columbia, S.C--Richland Northeast standout Adam Patterson has said for a long time that he would not be ready to make a college decision until he took all five of his official visits, and that appears to still be the case with only one visit remaining for the 6-3, 255-pounder.

Patterson, who has already visited Michigan, Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina State officially, will take his fifth and final official visit to check out the Auburn Tigers this weekend, and he says he will be checking out Auburn to see how a couple of specific aspects of the trip stack up against the previous four.

"I am looking at the social part of it, and, you know, what it is like to be a player on the team," he says about the criteria he is using to sperate his finalists.

Adam Patterson has plenty of options on where to play college football.

Patterson adds that the best way to find out about those aspects of life on a college team is from the current team members. "I believe that the players are what make a visit standout," he notes. "I mean that is pretty much what it all comes down to on an official visit--ganging out with the players, having a conversation about the program and everything like that."

Before Patterson makes his stop on the Plains, the athletic prospect will entertain Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville for an in-home visit, and Patterson says he is excited about that as well.

"I am looking forward to learning what type of coach he is, what type of defense likes to run and just learning more about him as a person," he says about his meeting with the Tigers' head coach.

With only a week remaining until national signing day, Patterson will have to work relatively quickly to separate one college from his five finalists before his planned press conference to announce his college choice.

"I am still trying to sort everything out," he says. "I am going to make my decision on signing day and I will have a press conference at school around 12:30 or so."

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