Spanish Fort coach Ben Blackmon didn’t need more than a season with Tre Threat to know the linebacker is the real deal.
Blackmon accepted the Spanish Fort job in July to replace coach Mark Freeman, who won back-to-back state titles in 2012 and 2013.
On a roster loaded with talent, Threat was one of the standout players on a team that went on to finish 15-0 and beat Clay-Chalkville in the Class 6A championship game 31-28.
“He really played his best football during our playoff run,” Blackmon said. “He had 13 tackles against Opelika in the quarterfinals and that was probably the best I’ve seen him play.”
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Threat also had a sack and tied a season-high with four quarterback hurries in the 21-13 win. He finished the season with 88 tackles (51 solo), eight tackles for loss, four sacks and 19 quarterback hurries.
“He’s got good size, speed and strength,” Blackmon said. “He plays quick.”
The 6-foot-2, 235 pound outside linebacker is one of nine Auburn early enrollees. He picked Auburn after visiting the campus during A-Day weekend. He picked the Tigers over power five schools including Ole Miss, Louisville, Clemson, Tennessee and North Carolina.
Threat was a tackling machine during his high school career with 60 or more tackles in each of the past three seasons.
His consistency earned him an invitation to this year’s Under Armour All-America Game where he had four tackles, 1.5 for a loss and a pass breakup.
“I think his time at the Under Armour game helped him,” Blackmon said. “It gave him the confidence that he can play with guys at that level.”
Blackmon isn’t worried about Threat’s chances at succeeding at Auburn if he relies on his natural athleticism and size.
“Physically he’s got it,” Blackmon said. “The transition period won’t be hard for him athletically. He just needs to play with a lot of passion and energy.”