AUBURN, Ala. — The fifth time was the charm for Tadarrius Patterson.
The three-star outside linebacker was on Auburn’s campus for the fifth time this past Saturday for the program’s Junior Day event, and finally walked away with an offer.
It could now change his recruitment.
“It’ll definitely make an impact in my recruitment,” Patterson told SEC Country over the weekend. “I really love (Auburn), as far as academics and on the field.”
Patterson spent much of his time speaking with new linebackers coach Travis Williams, who praised his pass-rushing ability.
“He said I’m one of the greatest pass-rushers he’s ever seen,” said Patterson, the No. 39 prospect in Alabama. “He just wants to see me move my hips and see if I can drop back.”
The 6-foot-1, 211-pound rising senior said he’s been in search of a school that would allow him to rush the quarterback. He may have settled on one.
“Auburn is that school,” Patterson said.
Patterson’s weekend visit may have also separated Auburn from the pack. The three-star prospect is considering UAB, Kentucky and Tennessee, among others, but says the Tigers have improved their standing in his recruitment.
He will unofficially visit Auburn during spring practice.
All rankings are according to the 247Sports Composite