The Saint Augustine High standout, who had 66 tackles, 16 sacks and nine forced fumbles as a junior, picked the Tigers over, Florida, Nebraska, UCLA, Indiana, Minnesota and West Virginia. He also liked home-state LSU, but notes that he did not have an offer from Coach Nick Saban's team even though LSU was heavily recruiting him.
Patrick Trahan has a good combination of size, speed and athletic ability.
"They always have a great defense," Trahan says about Auburn. "They are always consistently in the top of total defense and they always have around the same rank in the nation.
"They have had a good last couple of years. I think I fit in good with the defense and everything. I also just like the area in Alabama."
The big safety and linebacker has been a priority recruit for Auburn since he was a star performer at an AU summer team passing camp. He is considered a smart player with a nose for the football who has the speed to cover sideline to sideline, something AU defensive coordinator Gene Chizik emphasizes in the recruits Auburn brings into its program.
Trahan could also grow into an outside linebacker as a college player. He plays both linebacker and safety for St. Aug, a traditional Louisiana high school power, and has also played defensive end. He should have the speed to play in the secondary at the next level. He has a best time of 10.9 in the 100 meters.
Trahan's coach Tyrone Payne says that Auburn is landing quite a catch with the talented defender. "He is a tremendous football player," Payne notes. "I think there is a lot of football in front of him. He ran a 4.45 forty at several camps. He has nice size. He can either be a linebacker or a strong safety type of kid. His dad played for the Cowboys and he is a really good football player."
Academics shouldn't be a problem with the St. Aug. standout who is expected to qualify with no problems.
Trahan is the seventh verbal commitment for the Tigers' 2005 signing class. The others are 6-6, 285-pound offensive lineman Oscar Gonzales from Hialeah High School in Hialeah, Fla., Michael Harness a 6-3, 300-pound offensive lineman from Pacelli High School in Columbus, Ga., Ali Sharrief a 5-9, 185-pound running back from North Jackson High in Stevenson, Ala., Aairon Savage a 5-11, 178-pound cornerback from Westover High in Alabany, Ga., Andrew McCain a 6-6, 256-pound tight end from Briarwood Christian High in Birmingham, Ala., and Rex Sharpe a 6-3, 210-pound linebacker from Fairfield High School in Fairfield, Ala.