Football Recruit Had Impressive Season

A football prospect scheduled to visit the Tigers this weekend was a standout on both offense and defense last fall.

Avon, Conn.--With Tommy Tuberville as head coach, Auburn's recruiting territory has expanded in recent years. This weekend's recruiting visit list has a perfect example with an New England prep school star scheduled to visit the Tigers.

Lamart Barrett, a 6-2, 195-pound two-way star for Avon Old Farms School, is scheduled to take his fourth official visit and the Tigers are right in the mix.

With sub 4.5 speed in the 40, Barrett caught 37 passes with nine going for touchdowns during his team's 6-2 season. He also intercepted four passes at cornerback and returned one kickoff for a touchdown.

Barrett has already taken recruiting trips to Maryland, North Carolina and North Carolina State and is also considering Florida, Driscoll notes.

"Lamart is visiting Auburn this weekend and he is very interested in that college," says Kevin Driscoll, who is head football coach at Avon Old Farms School. "He is a great athlete and a great person. He did a wonderful job for us this year and he is doing a great job academically.

"This is a very demanding school," Driscoll says. "Sometimes you have concern about how kids from large, public high schools will make the adjustment to this type of setting, but Lamart has been a very serious student and we are proud of him."

During the 2000 season, Barrett played at Miami Springs, Fla., High School with his friend Devin Aromashodu, who is also being heavily recruited by Auburn. Aromashodu, a 6-2, 185 wide receiver, was on the AU campus for an official visit in November. Aromashodu has visited Ohio State, Michigan and North Carolina State in addition to AU. If the two plan to play together in college, as they have been discussing, the Tigers and the Wolfpack are the leading picks.

Tiger Ticket Extra: In the Connecticut prep school league where Barrett was a standout this year, each team is allowed to have four postgraduate students who compete on the interscholastic teams. Barrett made the trip north with a friend from Miami Springs, Ronnie Silver, who plans to sign a football scholarship with Florida International...AU running backs coach Eddie Gran was in Connecticut on Wednesday lining up the final details of the visit with Barrett. "Coach Gran does a real good job for Auburn," Avon Old Farms School coach Driscoll says. "We enjoyed having him come to our school."

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