Auburn It Is: Barrett Picks The Tigers

4-star quarterback Woody Barrett made his decision on Wednesday, choosing the Auburn Tigers over Alabama and Oregon.

Winter Garden, Fla.--With just three quarterbacks on scholarship heading into the 2015 season the Auburn Tigers are looking to add quality to the position in this year’s class and they did just that on Wednesday when four-star Woody Barrett chose Gus Malzahn’s program over Alabama, Oregon, and dozens of others at a ceremony at West Orange High School.

"I just felt like it was a great fit for me," Barrett said. "They've been with me since my ninth grade year. The offense is the same as (West Orange) and I just have a great bond with the coaches. Coach (Rhett) Lashlee, Coach (Gus) Malzahn, Coach (Scott) Fountain, I just feel like it's a great fit."

When asked if he knew this is where he was going to end up in once he made his decision, Barrett said he's always had a good feel about the Tigers.

"I knew if everything worked out, I'd eventually end up committing to Auburn."

One of the biggest reasons why he felt close to Auburn was his love for Cam Newton's play when he was with the Tigers and now with the Carolina Panthers. Saying he's got a similar style, Barrett said Cam was definitely an influence on his choice.

"I just feel like we have the same play style," he said of Newton. "That's who I look up to and he's another reason why I'm going to Auburn."

Making a trip to see the Tigers in spring practice, Barrett said that look at Auburn's offense was big for him because he feels like it's a good fit for what he does best on the field. That just reinforced his feelings from early in his high school days when Auburn first started recruiting him The visit also gave him a chance to get a feel for the program and he found a place he could call home.

“I got a real good vibe,” Barrett said. “The team bond, I saw how the team connected with each other. I saw how the coaches got along. Everybody had one team goal and that was to win another national championship.”

Rated as the nation’s No. 13 quarterback prospect and the 267th player overall in the 2016 class, Barrett is a talented signal-caller that combines size, speed and a strong arm to put up big numbers on the high school level. As a junior he completed 86-139 passes for 1,558 yards and 24 touchdowns and only five interceptions. On the ground he added 819 yards and nine touchdowns on just 94 carries.

Those stats show a player that can get the job done in a number of different ways and that's how Barrett describes his play and what he'll bring to the table for the Tigers.

"They're going to get a great leader and a guy who can run and throw the ball."

Scott Fountain and Rhett Lashlee both played a key part in Barrett’s decision with Fountain the area recruiter and Lashlee Auburn’s quarterback coach as well as offensive coordinator.

Barrett becomes Auburn’s seventh commitment for the 2016 class joining recent wide receiver commitment Elijah Stove and tight end Landon Rice on the offensive side of the ball. Here is the full list of the Tigers’ commitments.


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