Tampa, Fla.--Making his commitment to the Auburn Tigers before his senior season at Tampa Catholic, four-star Devan Barrett said it has felt like the weight of the world was off his shoulders once he made the decision.
Now focused on getting to Auburn this coming summer and beginning to make his mark on the running back position for the Tigers, Barrett said he’s fully committed to Coach Gus Malzahn’s program and he’s ready to make his mark on the Plains.
“I had coaches calling me and texting me every day," he said. "I’m happy with where I’m at, committed to Auburn. I just can’t wait to get up there and starting working.
“It’s just ridiculously amazing,” he added of his commitment. “You just see all of these great guys come out of Auburn like Bo Jackson and Cadillac Williams and it’s just hard to take in that one day I think I’m going to be that good. I just can’t wait to get up there and be a Tiger.”
When Barrett gets to Auburn he will be part of an offense that has a ton of upside after showing some signs of improvement this past season when healthy. Adding in five-star quarterback Jarrett Stidham and what should be an improved wide receiver group with young guys like old teammate Nate Craig-Myers, Kyle Davis and Elijah Stove, Barrett said he’s expecting big things.
“I can’t even explain it,” Barrett said. “I’m real excited. We’ve got kids coming back like Nate Craig and all of these stud wide receivers. There’s a lot of great guys up there and I just can’t to get up there and start working.”
While the entire offense should be improved, Barrett knows he has got his work cut out for him at the running back position with Kamryn Pettway and Kerryon Johnson returning. He said that for him it’s just a great opportunity to learn from those guys as he matures at the position.
“When I went up there for my official visit they were great guys and great teachers,” Barrett said. “They showed me around the place and even showed me a couple of plays just to get me started. They can teach me a lot when I get up there and I’m just ready to learn.”
For his career Barrett carried the ball 416 times for 3,613 yards and 40 touchdowns, averaging 8.7 yards per carry over his four years. Getting extra attention from defenses as a senior, he carried the ball 165 times for 1,300 yards and scored 18 touchdowns for Tampa Catholic.
His biggest game came late in the season with his team facing Lakeland Christian. In that game he ran for 325 yards and scored five touchdowns, including a 98-yarder, in a 38-31 victory.
“All I did this year was work for improvement,” Barrett said. “I improved pretty good, just reading the holes and getting out of there. I’ve gotten a little bit faster since last year. Overall, there’s always room for improvement. I think I improve a little bit.”
Having already been on his official to Auburn, Barrett said he’s planning to visit Indiana and Tennessee in January. While there has been talk of a visit to Clemson as well he said at the moment he only has two set.
“I have both of those two, but I’m not too sure on the Clemson one,” Barrett said. “My dad is really iffy on that.”