"The visit to Auburn was real good," Patrick tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I went to practice and I hung out with Blake Shrader."
Shrader, a senior safety for the Tigers, is from North Jackson High, the school where Patrick plays and where he has been coached by Barry Shrader, the father of the Auburn safety.
A 6-3, 230-pounder with excellent quickness and a nose for the football, Patrick was a first team Class 4A All-State pick as both a sophomore and junior for the Chiefs. Patrick's head coach, Mark Rose, says he has no doubt that the linebacker has the talent to play college football at the SEC level.
Patrick, who also plays basketball, saw only limited action in that sport this past season due to a shoulder surgery. "I just got released last week and I will start lifting (weights) this week," the linebacker says.
When the Chiefs return to the football field for spring drills, Patrick says he will be limited to non-contact workouts. "I am also running track," he says. "I am going to run the 100, do the long jump and run on the 4x100 relay."
Patrick, who has also visited the University of Tennessee this spring, says he isn't sure if he will take any other visits to campuses this spring. He also hasn't decided if he will attend any combines or summer football camps. Last summer, he was a standout at an Auburn camp and he has also been to football camps at Alabama and Georgia. Both of those are among the many colleges who have offered the four-star rated linebacker a scholarship as has Auburn.
Although Auburn postponed its second major scrimmage of the spring that Patrick planned to watch on Saturday, he watched a full pads workout on Friday evening. "It was a real intense practice," he says. "I liked what they were doing on defense. They are real aggressive."
The linebacker notes that he sat down and talked with James Willis, who coaches linebackers for the Tigers. "He talked to me about the depth chart and who he has coming in," Patrick says. "They only signed one linebacker this year."
Patrick says as a senior he will be looking to improve his strength. He already has the school power clean record of 320 pounds he set as a sophomore and he wants to break that mark as a senior. He is also working on going past his personal-best mark of 300 pounds in the bench press.