"Program On The Rise" Enticing For New Verbal

The top defensive player discusses his reasons for choosing Auburn and his thoughts on last Saturday's game.

Baton Rouge, La.–-Auburn added one of the top athletes in the South to its commitment class on Tuesday after he witnessed a 10-9 victory over LSU Saturday, but the truth be told it was done before he even set foot on campus says St. Augustine High standout Patrick Trahan.

"Before the game I told the coaches that I would be calling them on Tuesday," Trahan tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "Last week I just thought about it and I felt like it was time for me to commit. I just thought about the pros and cons of going to Auburn. I like that they have consistently good rankings and they are always near the top on defense. They consistently put out good players and every year they are improving. I think they are a program on the rise."

Patrick Trahan

A visitor to Auburn for a summer football camp, the 6-3, 212-pound Trahan impressed Tiger coaches with his ability to run the field and also his ability to process information. Seemingly perfect to play the weak side linebacker spot in Auburn's defense, Trahan says that he's enjoying watching the Tigers play so far this season. Although he's been around football his entire life, Trahan says no experience could prepare him for what he saw and felt Saturday in Jordan-Hare Stadium.

"It was a good game," Trahan says. "At first I was trying to be non-biased. I had made a couple of bets with my brother that Auburn was going to win. At first I was trying to be in the game, but I didn't want to be too biased for either team. By the end of the game I was jumping up and down because it was a great game. That was my first time going to another SEC game. It was a real change from going to a LSU game. I think the crowd was more into it than the LSU crowd."

Playing both safety and defensive end as a senior, Trahan has helped his team to a 1-1 start this season as the defense has been solid through two games. He has 15 tackles, seven tackles for a loss and two and a half sacks so far and says he's played well so far. As a junior he had 66 tackles, 16 tackles for a loss and nine sacks.

One of the most heavily recruited players in Louisiana this season on a team loaded with potential college players, Trahan says that he looked at several different schools before deciding that Auburn was the one for him.

"I looked at Southern Miss, Indiana, Nebraska, LSU, Minnesota and Ole Miss," Trahan says. "But I think this is it for me. I don't think I'm going to take any trips. I just spent more time at Auburn and had more chances to go to Auburn. They had the early lead for me and they were the first school to start talking to me. I went to A-Day and the Junior Day and I got to know the coaches a little better during that time. It made the decision easy."

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