Spanish Fort, Ala.--Expected to be one of the top linebacker prospects in Alabama for the 2016 class, physical Tre Threat is one of the key performers for a Spanish Fort team hoping to keep rolling in 2014, even after a move up to Class 6A.
Off to a good start with wins over Stanhope-Elmore, Gulf Shores and Davidson the first three weeks of the season, the Toros are one of the favorites to make it to Jordan-Hare Stadium for the Super 7 this year.
One of the reasons why is the play of Threat at linebacker. A physical player who can do a number of different things on defense, he brings versatility on that side of the ball and says it’s something he takes pride in now that he is a more experienced junior.
“To be honest I feel way better than I did last year,” the 6-1 1/2, 230 Threat says. “I feel more comfortable at my position. I’m actually playing outside and inside linebacker, and I’m playing defensive end also. This summer I worked and got to know all three positions very well. I have the ability to play all three positions so I have basically become three times the player that I was last year.”
Versatility is something college coaches are looking for because of what it can add to a defense on the next level as well. It can be seen in Auburn’s defense this season with linebacker Cassanova McKinzy also seeing some time at defensive end as a pass rusher. Threat says it works the same way for him and the Toros this season.
“It helps a whole lot because that doesn’t always lend me to just being a linebacker in pass coverage or limiting me to being a linebacker who can only pass rush,” he notes. “I can play in pass coverage and I can rush the passer and I can stop the run. Just being able to rush the passer off the edge leaves teams in a bind because they have to think about how they do things when they play Spanish Fort.”
Already with offers from Louisville, Clemson, UAB, Mississippi State and Ole Miss, Threat is becoming a hot prospect in the 2016 recruiting class. Also hearing from Auburn, Miami, Memphis, Purdue, Arkansas, Tennessee, Alabama and South Alabama, Threat says he is taking his time at the moment with still a long way to go before his signing day.
One of the programs he hopes to take a closer look at in the coming months is Auburn. Already familiar with the coaching staff, including his area recruiter Dameyune Craig, Threat said there is plenty to like about the Tigers right now and for the future.
“I like Auburn so far,” Threat says. “I love their campus and being up there because the atmosphere. I’m trying to get up there for a game hopefully this year. Every game I have watched of Auburn they have looked just as good as they did last year and maybe better. I’m excited to go watch them play.”
“It’s not just Auburn’s play on the field that interests Threat, it’s also his relationship with Craig. A native of Mobile and one of the hometown stars, Craig has already made a strong impact on Threat early in the process.
“He’s great,” Threat says. “I love talking to Coach Craig. He’s not one of those coaches who is stiff and uptight. You have coaches that are players' coaches and he’s one of those guys. He can relate to the players and since he’s from our area he knows how it is down here. He can just come down and talk to us. It’s just great knowing him.”