"I am signing with Auburn and I will be there in August," Barrett told Inside the Auburn Tigers on Sunday night. "I really like the coaches and players. Auburn has a young and talented quarterback who I look forward to playing with. They also have a need for wide receivers so I look forward to coming in and having a chance to contribute as a freshman."
Barrett, a 6-2, 195-pounder with sub 4.5 speed in the 40-yard dash, picked the Tigers over Maryland, North Carolina, North Carolina State and others.
He was on the Auburn campus this weekend for an official recruiting visit. A native of Miami Springs, Fla., he is attending Avon Old Farms School. He was a standout player there this past fall. "The football is real good here," he says. "It is not as good as South Florida, but it is good, tough power-oriented football."
As a wide receiver, he caught 27 passes for 547 yards with hine going for touchdowns during his team's 6-2 season this past fall. He also intercepted four passes at cornerback and returned one kickoff for a touchdown. After that happened every other kick was squibbed the rest of the season. He returned a punt for 45 yards and had a big opening as a receiver. After that, opponents kicked the punts out of bounds.
Barrett also took recruiting trips to Maryland, North Carolina and North Carolina State.
"He is a great athlete and a great person," says Avon Old Farms coach Kevin Driscoll. "He has done very well here both on the field and in school. He has become a very serious student. He isn't a kid anymore. He has grown up and become a man."
Tiger Ticket Extra: Avon Old Farms School has a long history of sending its graduates on to college programs. The 2001 team's co-captains are headed to Boston College and Yale and five other seniors are expected to have the chance to college football. The school's coach says that he believes that Barrett's success, both academically and athletically, will probably open the door for Avon Old Farms School to attract more Division I level talent to that program. Driscoll says his school is serious about being strong in both academics and athletics as are the other schools in the New England prep league, which are allowed to have four postgraduate players on their high school team roster...During the 2000 season, Barrett played at Miami Springs, Fla., High School with his friend Devin Aromashodu, a 6-2, 185, 4.45 wide receiver who is being recruited by Auburn. Aromashodu was on the AU campus for an official visit in November. He says he hopes the two will be reunited in college.