The college coaching carousel becomes more interesting by the day. The University of Alabama loses…
"I had a gut feeling."
"I decided this morning," said Tana Patrick. "I felt like it was the best place to be. I had a gut feeling that was the place I wanted to go." "Alabama has a real family atmosphere. It was just a great opportunity for me to stay in state. I am excited about my decision." Patrick spoke to the Alabama coaching staff shortly after the press conference. "I talked to them once everything was over," Patrick said. "I talked to coach [Bobby] Williams and coach [Nick] Saban. They congratulated me and said they were looking forward to having me there." "The Alabama coaching staff is great. Coach Williams and coach Saban are great coaches. I like them a lot. I have a great relationship with coach [James] Willis. I have known him since I was in the ninth grade." "I think we have a really great class. I know we have a lot of great athletes. I am friends with some, but I haven't talked to them since I made my decision." Patrick expects to play inside linebacker for Alabama. He plans to enroll in the summer. Patrick is the most decorated player ever from North Jackson High School. He led the team with 140 total tackles, three sacks, one pass breakup and recovered one fumble in 2008. He was named the Class 4A Lineman of the Year, and a finalist for the first high school Butkus Award. He participated in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star game and U.S. Army All-American game. Patrick is an excellent run stopper and pass defender. He moves well from sideline-to-sideline and really plugs up the middle. His athleticism will get him on the field very early.
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