Mr. Versatility Favors Two

This talented defensive prospect talks about his experience at a recent Auburn football camp and his favorite schools at the moment.

New Orleans, La.--Few players can match St. Augustine High's Patrick Trahan in terms of versatility and what he means to a defense.

A 6-2, 208-pounder with 4.5 speed and good strength, Trahan played three different positions on the football field as a junior and excelled at all three. It's no wonder that his talents have made him one of the top senior-to-be football prospects for the 2004 season and have colleges from all over visiting the Crescent City.

"I feel like I'm a multi-task player," Trahan tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "Half of last season I played defensive end and the other half I played strong safety. Some of the time I played cornerback as well. I just feel like I can play any position. That's the best thing about my game."

Patrick Trahan has the size and speed college coaches are looking to add to their teams.

A dominating defender for a talented St. Augustine team, Trahan made 66 tackles last season with 16 sacks while adding 20 tackles for a loss and nine forced fumbles. Also a standout on the track, Trahan ran the 100 meters last spring and recorded a best time of 10.9. He also added a 23-foot effort in the long jump. Because of those numbers new schools are showing interest almost every day, but Trahan says that two colleges are in the lead at the moment.

"I'm hearing from LSU, Auburn, Nebraska, West Virginia, Central Florida, UCLA, Indiana and some others," Trahan tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "Right now I have two favorites, Auburn and LSU.

"I like the defense," Trahan says of Auburn. "They are always in the Top 10 nationally. I like that. They are a winning team on a consistent basis. I like the atmosphere and it's a nice town. I just like the program and the way they run their defense. I pretty much know my way around the campus. I have been to a whole lot of events. I came to camp last year and to junior day for a practice. I also came to the spring game."

Trahan was in town with a dozen of his teammates last weekend for Auburn's 7-on-7 team passing camp, one of the most popular of the summer camps the Tigers put on. With several new players expected to start alongside Trahan on defense and several newcomers on offense, the senior says that the experience they get in a passing camp is important for their development heading into the season.

"I just gives me a chance to polish my skills and get better," Trahan says. "I have been trying to work harder and get better. This helps a lot coming to a passing camp. I think it helps a lot because it shows the new players some of the coverages and how the offense really works. They are coming in from a freshman team or a city team and really don't have a good idea of how varsity football works. This shows them how it works."

Tiger Ticket Extra: Trahan is a rare combination of size and speed, as evidenced by a time he put up in the 40-yard dash prior to his sophomore season. Lighter than his 208 pounds now, Trahan ran a 4.38 to post one of the fastest times of the camp.

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