Rated a four-star prospect and the No. 10 defensive end in the country, rangy Natrez Patrick said he enjoyed getting another look at what life would be like on the Plains. While visits are centered around football, giving players a chance to check out the academic side of things is always important and Patrick said that hit home with him on his trip.
"It's always a great time," Patrick said of visiting Auburn. "I had been there before, but I kind of went through things again and it was interesting to me. I learned a lot about academics. You get a tutor for every class and there are mentors to stay on top of you to make sure you get your work done. Also they make sure you're doing what you need to do on the field.
With a huge group of senior defensive linemen in 2014 Auburn will be looking to sign four and possibly five players up front this year for Coach Rodney Garner. Because more and more teams are spreading the field to use speed, the need for a talented pass rusher to push the pocket is at an all-time high.
"That's always big because every college is looking for that," Patrick said. "That doesn't really contribute to my decision, but they've got a lot of guys leaving so that's something to keep in mind."
Throw in the fact that he would get to play for Garner while at Auburn and Patrick said all things considered the Tigers are definitely making a strong move up his list of schools at the moment.
"I love Coach Garner," Patrick said. "He's got so many guys in the league, so many so successful guys. He just had two freshmen all-americans, so he's doing what he's supposed to do. He definitely develops his players.
Patrick said he plans to make his decision during his senior season.