January 24, 2008

Trahan happy to be Rebel

Junior college linebacker Patrick Trahan was always leaning in one direction.

Ole Miss was where he had planned on going, but a coaching change in November helped slow down the process.

But instead of panicking, Trahan waited patiently, and he found that after meeting with new head coach Houston Nutt, Ole Miss was where he wanted to be.

"When the coaching staff changed, I was a little unsure," Trahan said. "I knew Coach Nutt as a coach, but I didn't know him. I was a little apprehensive at the time. But, after getting to know him and develop a personal relationship with him and Coach (Tyrone) Nix, it kind of sealed it."

Thursday, Trahan ended his recruitment, committing to Ole Miss.

Trahan said the coaching staff reacted happily to the news.

"They were excited," he said. "They told me I was important to them moving forward and putting the program in the right place in the SEC."

Trahan, a three-star linebacker from Northwest Mississippi C.C., is rated as the 46th-best junior college prospect in 2008. At 6 feet 2 inches and 230 pounds, Trahan runs a 4.4 second 40-yard dash.

Trahan took an official visit to Ole Miss this past weekend, and while he's seen the campus plenty of times, he was able to solidify some relationships.

"I felt comfortable with coaching staff and got to know the new staff a little bit better," Trahan said.

Trahan said he expects to make an impact early.

"I'll just have to come in and work," he said. "I felt like I could play anywhere if I work hard and do the right things. "

And after weighing all his options, Trahan wants to make it all happen at Ole Miss.

"It feels like a weight off my shoulders," he said. "I pretty much knew where I was going awhile back. I was just waiting to be 100 percent confident with my choice."

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