"Relentless" Defender Called A Great Pickup For AU

A high school coach gives his opinion on how good a prospect Auburn's latest verbal football commitment can be.

New Orleans, La.--Tyrone Payne is the head coach at Saint Augustine High School, and the coach says that Auburn has picked up a commitment from a great football player and a good person as well in Patrick Trahan.

"He is relentless," Payne says about the 6-1 1/2, 212-pound defender. "He is a pass rusher for us as well as playing defensive back. He is a decent cover guy and he is a real knowledgeable guy as far as the game is concerned."

Payne adds that he thinks his senior standout has some outstanding qualities that the Auburn coaching staff will notice quickly when he gets to the Plains. "I like his aggressiveness," Payne says about Trahan's best attribute on the field. "His relentless pursuit of the football, and his leadership ability as well are strong points."

The coach says that that leadership comes through mainly in the way Trahan plays the game. "He is very versatile and he can help out in so many ways and the kids really look up to that," Payne explains. "He can bring pressure on the quarterback on a blitz or from the end position as well as drop back and cover. He has been playing for me for three years so he knows the defense pretty good."

The Saint Augustine coach also notes that the two-year starter is willing to do what it takes to be successful. "He is a tremendously hard working guy," Payne says. "He ran track as well. He was a long jumper as well as a short sprinter. He is a real good guy, and he is going to be a hard guy to replace with us because of his size, but he can really run--a real good athlete."

Payne adds that Trahan is a solid student who is close to qualifying academically and that he most likely sees him as an outside linebacker in a 4-3 defensive scheme in college.


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