After Big Season, Big Decision for Trahan

Former Auburn linebacker Patrick Trahan talks recruiting and about his season in junior college.

Senatobia, Miss.--Coming out of spring practice at Auburn, sophomore Patrick Trahan was not only the starter on the strong side, but had been the Tigers' most dependable linebacker throughout the spring. That's why it was such a big blow when he was declared academically ineligible over the summer and out of the 2007 season.

Deciding he wanted to play football this year instead of sitting on the sidelines, Trahan transferred to Northwest Mississippi Community College and immediately became one of the top players in all of junior college football. He says that having the opportunity to play football this year was big for him and the development of his game.

"We're done now," Trahan tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "We had a real good season. We ended up losing in the playoffs to the number one team in the nation, Gulf Coast. We really had a good season.

"I had a good year," Trahan adds. "I just really wanted to play and I got to do that. I think I learned a little bit about the different aspects of linebacker and stuff that I didn't know before because of experience. I know it's not playing on the same level as D-I, but it's still football. I think I learned a lot."

One thing Trahan didn't have to learn how to do was make plays. Reminiscent of former Auburn standout and current Arizona Cardinals linebacker Karlos Dansby on the field, Trahan was always a guy who was around the football. He showed that his year as he was a dominant force on the field in the junior college ranks.

Playing linebacker and lining up as a defensive end at times as well, Trahan used his 4.5 speed to make 120 tackles, 96 solo tackles, two interceptions, 10 caused fumbles, one fumble recovery and nine sacks. Now up to 227 pounds on his 6-3 frame, Trahan says his play this season was a carryover from what he learned at Auburn.

"I think I really learned how to play linebacker in the spring at Auburn," Trahan says. "I think I really stepped forward then. It's just a continuation for me. I'm still learning. I still feel like I could play safety, but at the same time I know my best position is linebacker."

Ranked as a five-star prospect by the second time around, Trahan has drawn interest from schools all over the country and has shown a lot of love to Ole Miss this fall. While he admits he's still open at the moment, the New Orleans native notes that Auburn is still likely the team to beat for him.

"Right now it's Auburn and Ole Miss, but a lot of schools have been showing interest," Trahan says. "I'm still open. Auburn is right now ahead, but it's still Auburn and Ole Miss.

"I know what I'm going to get at Auburn and I know the personnel," he adds. "I know the coaches as well. It's something I'm familiar with."

With his season done Trahan says he'll now sit down with his family and try to make the best decision for his future. With just two years to play two he's a player that will likely need to be in school this winter to go through spring practice if he hopes to make an impact next season. Because of that Trahan says he's trying to make his decision as soon as possible.

"I'm not sure," Trahan says of when his final choice will be made. "I'll just wait until my family is comfortable with it and we feel like we made the best decision. I'm not sure when I'll make my decision. I would like to do it around New Years and get in school in January."

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