Vero Beach, Fla.--A talented pass rusher, 6-4, 255 four-star defensive end prospect Patrick Bethel took an official visit to Auburn over the weekend and pointed out he left very impressed by what he saw from the Tigers.
“I had a great time,” Bethel said. “They just showed me a great time. I got to hang with a couple of players. It was just a great visit overall. It was unfortunate they couldn’t pull out the win, but you win some and you lose some. I just enjoyed the visit overall.
“The food was good,” he added. “There’s just a bunch of great people there. You can really see through everybody’s coating and I feel like there are some genuine people there. I think that was one of the main things for me.”
The son of former University of Miami tight end Randy Bethel, he is a player who has strong ties to the Hurricanes as well as in-state schools Florida and Florida State. Even though most have projected him to stay in the Sunshine State to play college football, Bethel said he could definitely see himself playing for the Tigers and feels like the program is on solid footing.
“They’re pretty good in there for me,” Bethel said. “At this time there are no certains, but they have a good chance just as well as anybody else.
“I feel like they’ve got a lot of potential,” he added. “I feel like everybody has a rough season every now and then, but they’ll be up on the rise pretty soon.”
With several visits still left before he makes his decision, Bethel said he hopes to get things done in a timely matter because he plans to be an early graduate. Still with close to a dozen schools on his list at the moment he said right now it’s still too early to tell what he’s going to do.
“I don’t know a date yet, but hopefully in these next couple of months I’ll be able to get things done,” Bethel said. “I’m still looking Auburn, LSU, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Miami, Florida State, Florida, those are just the ones I can think of off the top of my head.”