Talented Tana Patrick from North Jackson High has offers from all over the country, but he stayed closer to home this past weekend when he took a trip to Auburn. Familiar with the campus, Patrick says the visit gave him a chance to get to know the new coaching staff better and he likes what he sees.
"It went real good," Patrick says. "I'm getting to know the coaches that they have here. They've got to hire a few more. The ones I met, it was pretty good."
Already very familiar with Auburn assistant James Willis as well as Phillip Lolley, who has been on the road recruiting for the Tigers while coach Gene Chizik finishes putting together his staff, Patrick says he enjoyed getting to know new defensive coordinator Ted Roof on his visit.
"I got to know coach Roof a lot," Patrick says. "I talked some about myself and he got to know me a little bit and I got to know him. It went pretty good. All of them are great guys. They're real family oriented and I'm all about family. That helped out a lot."
For a while Alabama has been considered the team to beat by many for Patrick, but he has kept things close to the vest in recruiting and continued to do that following his Auburn trip. Even with that he did note the Tigers helped themselves on the weekend.
"It helped out a lot," Patrick says. "I'm just going to keep in touch with them and continue getting to know them better.
"It was a 10," he adds. "I got to know the coaches real good and their families and their wives and their children. It went real good."
One thing the Tigers have going is Lolley. The former head coach at Patrick's high school, the linebacker says he's had a long history with Lolley and that's something that Auburn has going for itself.
"I talked with coach Lolley a pretty good bit," Patrick says. "He coached my brother (Dedrick Hardrick) so I have been knowing him since I was young. I'm just getting to know him a lot better. It helps because he's already there and he's from where I'm from."
With Alabama and possibly Tennessee still in the hunt, Patrick says he's got two more visits scheduled before signing day and he'll sit down and make a decision following those two trips.