Versatile Reno Athlete Commits to Sun Devils

Some players this recruiting season are recruited as "athletes." What it usually translates to is a prospect that has played two positions with some degree of success. Looking at Josh Barrett's accomplishments, the term athlete clearly doesn't do him enough justice. The new ASU safety talked to about his commitment to the Sun Devils, and the many roles he likes to play in.

Even though Arizona State did recruit him to some extent his junior year, his recruitment really picked up after he sent a tape of his achievements to Tempe. With these senior season stats, it's not hard to see why coach Koetter and his staff were impressed by what they saw:

Five interceptions – four returned for touchdowns
Five kickoff returns – one returned for a touchdown
22 receptions for 475 yards and five touchdowns
60 carries for 490 yards and five touchdowns
Two punt returns for touchdowns

Reno High School coach Dan Avansino was naturally very complimentary when asked about the Northern 4A football player of the year. "He's a superior athlete…the best in Northern Nevada in the last 5-10 years. He's the first Pac-10 recruit in a while from this area, and he's definitely Pac-10 material. He's 6-3 195 and runs a 4.5. He played safety, wide receiver, running back, and was our main kick and punt returner. He's just a great all-around player"

Rice and Nevada-Reno were the only other schools Barrett considered. "It hard to get looked at over here. That's why I'm really glad that a team like ASU gave me a chance. My coach and dad helped me out a lot in the recruiting process making the tape and sending it to schools." The Sun Devils stepped up their recruiting efforts in December, and a month or so later the first-team all-region player made the trek to Tempe. Suffice to say that one of the newest ASU commits appreciated his time in the Valley of The Sun. "I enjoyed talking to the coaches and players, and seeing the program up close and personal. My hosts were Terry Richardson and Jamal Lewis, and they showed me what it's like to be a Sun Devil player. I liked what I saw (smile)."

Barrett was naturally impressed by the world class ASU weight room ("incredible"), but he also realized what the impressive amenities all mean in the global picture. "You just look at the facilities and you can tell that they're building a strong program. This team is on its way up, it's not a stagnant program." The safety plans to major in Business and enjoyed meeting one of its professors, as well as touring the College of Business buildings. It should be noted that Barrett is already qualified academically.

When we asked him to asses his skills, he was somewhat humble: "My strong points are my athleticism and speed. I just like to play wherever I can get my hands on the ball. I really like playing special teams, where I can make plays in the open field. I do need to get into the weight room. You can always get stronger and faster." Barrett mentioned that most schools recruited him as an athlete, and while the Sun Devils are awarding him a scholarship as a safety, they don't plan to put any limits on him. "ASU told me that they will recruit me as a safety, but if they feel that I can contribute elsewhere like special teams, they'll give me a chance."

Listening to Josh Barrett's words and demeanor, you can tell that this may have all the makings of a made for Hollywood story, about a small town kid making it big. "I'm pretty excited and anxious to get in there, and compete for a starting job in a year or two. With the three safeties they play, it gives me a better opportunity to get on the field. I really like this style of defense. The players just all fly around the ball, and that's they way you need to play." Spoken like an exceptional athlete just waiting to continue and explode on the next level.

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