Moving On Up: Tigers Impress Talented Patrick

Class of 2015 football prospect Natrez Patrick talks about his unofficial visit to check out Auburn.

Atlanta, Ga.--Talented class of 2015 football prospect Natrez Patrick took an unofficial visit to Auburn on Friday and after the trip said the Tigers are now seriously under consideration as his potential college destination.

"Auburn definitely moved up in my top colleges," said Patrick, who is coming off a monster sophomore season for Mays High. Last fall he made 126 tackles with 13 quarterback sacks.

A two-sport athlete who averaged a double-double in basketball as a starter on the Mays High varsity team last season, football is his top sport. "I am getting recruited by Division II programs in basketball," he said.

In football the big boys are interested, including Auburn, which moved into his top five along with Georgia, Alabama, Florida and Tennessee.

"Auburn is really high on my list," he said. "I really enjoyed myself today. I still have a lot of schools I haven't visited yet so that (top five) could change at any time."

Asked how many football scholarship offers he has, Patrick said, "I probably have 33 or 34 total offers. I am blessed."

On his Auburn visit he said that he really enjoyed checking out Jordan-Hare Stadium. "My favorite part was they let us take pictures in jerseys," he said, noting that looking at the stands it would be fun to play in front of close to 90,000 fans on Auburn's home field.

"I got to spend a lot of one-on-one time with the coaches and actually got to know them so it was definitely a better visit than last time," he said, noting his first trip to Auburn was early this year to check out a spring practice. A lot of his time was spent with defensive line coach Rodney Garner on Friday.

Commenting on his style of play, Patrick said he is comfortable as either an end or outside linebacker at 6-5, 233 pounds. "I feel like I am a hybrid player. I can play standing up or with my hand on the ground. I don't have a favorite. I just like playing football."

Still a young prospect, the defensive end won't turn 16 until July 9th. He doesn't know what his time frame is for making a college choice. "I am looking for the place that is going to be the best fit for me," he said. "That is what it is going to come down to."

"I really like Auburn," he added. "I had a great visit. I love Coach Garner. He has a real down-home, family type of coaching staff. He is all about his players. I just love him."

Patrick noted that Garner likes him as a defensive end because of his pass rushing ability. "He said if you are so good at pass rushing why we would we have you going away from the ball?" the prospect said. "I am definitely a 4-3 type of defensive end."

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