Five-Star Looking to Catch On to New System

Bluechip linebacker Tana Patrick updates what is happening on the recruiting front and talks about a new role for his senior season.

Stevenson, Ala.--North Jackson High School football star Tana Patrick says he is looking forward to his senior season for several reasons.

Rated the number two strongside linebacker prospect in the country by for the 2009 signee class, Patrick could have just as big of an impact on his team on the offensive side of the ball this fall.

With a new coaching staff taking over at North Jackson when Mark Rose left earlier this year to take over at Smiths Station High, the 6-3, 230-pound linebacker found out he will have an expanded role in 2008.

"I am going to play middle linebacker and H-back in the spread offense," Patrick says. "The first thing they said when we got our new offensive coordinator is that you are going to get the ball a lot more. I am looking forward to that."

Patrick has played tight end in the past so catching passes is nothing new. Getting large number of balls thrown his way will be new.

Another reason for Patrick to be upbeat is his health. He had to endure shoulder surgery, but says that won't bother him this year. "I am full-go and ready for the season now," he says. "I am getting back strong."

Patrick is receiving plenty of attention from colleges. The five-star rated linebacker notes he has 15 scholarship offers and he is pleased about that. "Recruiting is going good," he says. "I am just working out this summer and trying to get ready for my season."

Patrick made a trip to Auburn to check out the campus and watch part of the two-day camp last weekend that attracted more than 400 prospects from around the southeast. Last year he was a standout at the event, but his year he just watched. "The Auburn coaches just told me to come hang out," he says.

The linebacker doesn't appear to be in a hurry to make a verbal commitment. He has a trip planned to Florida State to check out the Seminoles in July, but most of his summer focus will be on working out at home.

Asked if he has a favorite or favorites, Patrick says, "No sir."

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