Patterson plans to stay close to home

Tim Patterson, a four-star linebacker from Louisville (KY) Central, is the city's top 2010 prospect. Friday night, Patterson had a front row seat for Louisville's spring game – and was decked out in Louisville gear. Patterson spoke with about his experience.

"It was a good experience I was glad the defense won," Tim Patterson said. "I talked to Coach Nord, Coach Slade and the new tight end coach Jay Johnson. I've been to Louisville (practices) about five times this spring. They see me a as a linebacker."

Patterson hasn't visited any other schools this spring and doesn't have immediate plans to do so. Though Patterson currently holds offers from Louisville, Kentucky and Purdue, the four-star prospect isn't ready to play favorites.

"I'm a Louisville fan but I don't have a leader right now," Patterson said. "I just wore the sweatshirt because I support my team."

When it comes time to make a college decision, don't expect Patterson to stray too far away from home. That could mean an intense recruiting battle between hometown Louisville and in-state rival Kentucky, where several of his former Central High teammates currently attend.

"It will be a big (factor) because I want to stay close to my mom," said Patterson. "She tells me to go where I'll be happy and can play."

Patterson isn't in a rush to make a decision. He said he plans to take some official visits next fall before making his choice. "I'm probably going to hold out until signing day," Patterson said.

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