Focus 2014: QB Jacob Barton

Jacob Barton

Meet junior QB Jacob Barton, who threw for 2,100-plus yards and accounted for 32 total TDs in 2012...

Profile: Jacob Barton

Caldwell Parish head coach Bo Barton is renowned for his talents as an offensive play-caller, and Barton pleased to have his son Jacob at quarterback.

"His number one strength is his ability to lead," the elder Barton said. "He is a field general who understands what we're trying to do out there. Jacob's knowledge gives him the ability to read defenses.

"He is very football smart and a good leader on and off the field - and in the weight room."

The 6-1, 190-pounder threw for 2,104 yards and rushed for 600 more for Caldwell, which recorded an 8-3 mark in 2012.

The 11th-seeded Spartans reached the first round of the Class 3A playoffs, where they were upset by No. 22 East Feliciana, which had a pretty good quarterback of its own in four-star LSU commit Kendell Beckwith.

"Jacob had a really good season," Barton continued. "He accounted for a lot of our offensive production."

Barton has coached some excellent quarterbacks during his career.

"I've had one who ran better than Jacob and another who threw as well," he said, "but none who could do it all as well with the zone read offense."

Jacob camped at ULM, Louisiana Tech, LSU and Northwestern State last year.

"We're definitely going to as many camps as we can this upcoming summer," Barton said. "I think Jacob's arm strength was right up there with anybody at the camps we've attended."

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