Size: 6-2, 219
Ranking On Scout: 4-Star| No. 13 QB| No. 7 South QB| No. 5 Florida QB
Recruiting: Chose Auburn over Alabama, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Notre Dame and Virginia Tech
Scout’s Take--Chad Simmons
“I think he’s a great fit. Obviously when you think about Malzahn’s system you think about a quarterback that can run and a quarterback that can throw; Barrett can do both. He’s an athlete with plus size at 6-2. He has a strong, sturdy build at 210 or so pounds. I have seen him live three or four times in the past year or year and a half and the kid gets better every time I see him.
“He transferred schools last year to West Orange in Orlando, Fla. and he’s a kid that if I had to pick out three things I really like, number one he’s athletic, number two he has a big arm, number three he just has a good pocket-feel awareness. He always seems to have eyes in the back of his head and feels that backside pressure. He can tuck the ball early sometimes, but he’s a kid that wants to throw. He wants to stay in the pocket and make the play down the field with his arm, not his legs.
“When a play breaks down is when a kid like him is really at his best. He’s still raw when it comes to setting his feet and squaring his shoulders, and even the release is a little bit long. He’s already improved dramatically in my eyes in the last 12 months and once he gets his senior year in and gets to college he’ll get that much better. To me he would be an ideal fit for an offense like Auburn because of what he brings to the table with his versatility.”
What It Means
Barrett’s commitment is huge for Auburn’s 2016 class and the future of the program with just three quarterbacks on scholarship heading into this season. With Jeremy Johnson already a junior and with the skills to be a one-year starter if he plays like expected this fall, Auburn likely needs to sign a pair of quarterbacks this year to provide depth and competition down the road.
A player that has very good running ability, but is already a developed passer, Barrett should be a perfect fit in Auburn’s offense down the road as the Tigers continue to add more of a consistent passing threat to an already potent running game. With the amount of talented wide receivers looking at Auburn, including weekend commitment Elijah Stove, the Tigers should get a boost in recruiting on offense now that one of the country's top quarterbacks is on board.