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Commitment Analysis: What Auburn Is Getting In Devan Barrett

We take a look at what Auburn is getting in talented four-star Devan Barrett with a breakdown from Scout's Corey Bender.

Devan Barrett

Size: 6-1, 190

Ranking: 4-Star Ath| No. 1 Ath in FL| No. 13 Ath Nationally

Recruiting: Barrett chose the Auburn Tigers over Florida, Florida State, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Tennessee and others

 

Scout’s Take:This is a young man that's equipped with an intriguing combination of size and speed at running back, flashing impressive acceleration and a second gear to really pull away from defenders. He's a bouncy runner that also shows that quick twitch and quickness when sticking his foot in the dirt to shake and bake defenders.

Barrett is an instinctive runner that really knows how to navigate in and out of traffic. He flashes great vision and cutback ability, and also does a good job of doing the little things, like switching the ball to his outside hand to best avoid any fumbles. His suddenness and ability to make cuts at top speed is special.

With all of the success that Barrett's had on the offensive side of the ball, he might possess more long-term potential playing in the secondary. At 6-foot-1, 190 pounds, Barrett really welcomes contact and takes full advantage of the five-yard bump rule when lacing up the cleats at cornerback. He does a good job of knocking the receiver off their route, but has the instincts, ball skills and leaping ability to make a play down the field as well.

Barrett's father, Reggie Barrett, is a former wide receiver that played professionally for the Detroit Lions and Seattle Seahawks following a stellar career at UTEP. His father measures in at nearly 6-foot-4, so Barrett could end up sprouting a few more inches before heading off to the collegiate ranks.” Corey Bender

 

Analysis: Barrett is a talented prospect that has been a big target for Coach Tim Horton for over a year. Teammates with Nate Craig at Tampa Catholic, Barrett is a player that Auburn coaches were very familiar with and that allowed them to target him very early in the process. Athletic enough to speed past defenders and with the size to play at more than 200 pounds on the next level, Barrett’s combination of quickness and power makes him a great fit for what Gus Malzahn wants to do on offense.

 

What It Means: Already with commitments from Alaric Williams and Octavius Matthews, Auburn’s addition of Barrett gives the Tigers another quality option in the backfield heading into the 2017 season. With Jovon Robinson heading into his senior season and the Tigers likely having to depend on Kamryn Pettway to play a true running back position some this season, Barrett will give Auburn another back that can run between the tackles if needed but also has the versatility the offense needs at the position.

Much like Kerryon Johnson, Barrett has the unique ability to handle several different roles in the backfield. That could be a huge plus for the Tigers down the road because he’ll allow Malzahn to run a number of different plays out of different looks.

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