Talented LB Takes Unofficial To Auburn

A big linebacker from North Alabama talks about his visit to Auburn.

Stevenson, Ala.--One of the top players in Alabama took an unofficial visit to Auburn on Wednesday to take another look at the campus while also giving his mother a tour of the facilities. Linebacker Tana Patrick from North Jackson High says that after his visit he's still wide open but very interested in the Tigers.

"They had been wanting to meet my mom so we decided to come down today," Patrick tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "We got a tour and she was able to talk to the coaches. It went pretty good. It was important for me to let my mom see things. It's important for her to see the places that are recruiting me."

A frequent visitor to Auburn in the past few years to see good friend Blake Shrader, who has been with the Tigers for four seasons, Patrick says he's familiar with Auburn but just wanted to take another look to see how the program stacks up with other favorites.

"I'm very interested in Auburn," Patrick says. "They were one of the first schools to offer me. I have a lot of people from my county down there as well."

One thing Auburn has going is quality assistant coaches led by Don Dunn, who is recruiting Patrick for the Tigers, as well as defensive coordinator Paul Rhoads and linebacker coach James Willis. Patrick says all of them have made an impression on him.

"I like the coaches," Patrick says. "I like him (Rhoads). He's a good guy. I like Coach Willis a lot. I have gotten to talk to him a lot and I know what he's about."

Up to 15 offers now, the 6-3, 235 four-star prospect rated as the number two strong linebacker in the country by Scout.com says that at the moment he's still very open. In addition to Auburn, Patrick has visited several more schools during the summer but says in no way does that eliminate any other schools from his list.

"I don't have it narrowed down any," Patrick says. "I have gone to Florida State and Alabama this summer. That's about all for me because we're getting ready to start practice on Monday."

Always one of the top teams in Alabama, North Jackson is looking to make some noise in 2008 despite the loss of coach Mark Rose to Smith Station High. Patrick says for him the chance to go out on top a winner is the biggest thing on his mind at the moment.

"I have been waiting on it all summer," Patrick says. "It's very exciting. I have been looking forward to my senior year ever since we got out of school. You've got to go out there and do it."

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