Four Star Prospect Hears From Chizik

A report on one of the state's top football prospects is featured.

North Jackson, Ala.--One of the state's top prospects for the 2009 football signee class, North Jackson's Tana Patrick, says he is looking forward to meeting Auburn's new head football coach Gene Chizik.

"I talked to him on the telephone and he told me that he was interested in me playing for Auburn," Patrick says. "He also told me he was looking forward to coming to visit me, but we haven't set a date on that."

With the change in coaching staffs at Auburn, Patrick is now being recruited by Phillip Lolley, who was retained from Tommy Tuberville's staff by Chizik. Patrick says he was shocked when he heard that Tuberville was out at Auburn, but notes he is still considering the Tigers along with Alabama, Michigan, Miami, FSU, LSU and others.

Lolley, who was working as AU's director of NFL relations for Tuberville, is helping Chizik with recruiting until the new head coach gets his staff on board.

"Coach Lolley coached my brother at North Jackson so I have known him for a long time," says the linebacker.

Tana Patrick plays for the North Jackson High.

Patrick is a 6-3, 225-pound linebacker and tight end. He is rated as a four star linebacker prospect by He wrapped up his high school career on Saturday helping his team to a 28-3 victory in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game.

Prior to that he finished his North Jackson High career with a setback in the second round of the state playoffs. "We had a pretty good season and finished 10-2," he says.

Patrick says he hasn't set any official visits and notes that he will probably wait until January to take those.

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