Trotter Impressive in Opener

Barrett Trotter talks with Inside the Auburn Tigers about his recruiting and Briarwood's victory over Vestavia.

Birmingham, Ala.--The recruiting process has come and gone earlier and earlier for prospects each year, and most schools from around the Southeast had record numbers of summer commitments for the class of 2008.

Such is the opposite for Briarwood quarterback Barrett Trotter, one of the more accurate passers in the country in this year's class.

"I have offers from UAB, Troy, Samford and Duke," Trotter notes. "Probably UAB is pushing the hardest."

A frequent camper to Auburn, the 6-1, 195 Trotter was a standout and perhaps the most polished passer in a two-day camp early in the summer on the Plains. And if he keeps playing like he did in Briarwood's 21-12 victory over Vestavia on Friday the offers may become more extensive.

"I went 18-22 for I think 130 or 140 yards passing, 60 yards rushing, one TD rushing and one TD passing," he says. "We're still running the spread and we've got a lot of great receivers this year.

"Coming out and beating Vestavia that first game is really going to give teams a scare coming into playing us," Trotter adds. "But at the same time it boosted our confidence and definitely gave us a little reward after working hard all summer long and getting ready for that game. It's a real big boost, especially because you work all summer thinking about that first game and it paid off. It was a lot of fun."

Trotter spent the next night in Auburn watching the Tigers winning in thrilling fashion over Kansas State, 23-13.

"I really enjoyed it and had a lot of fun at the game," he says. "I talked to Coach (Al) Borges after the game and just talked with him for a while. He said him and Coach (Terry) Price would be in touch with me soon just because they haven't been able to call the last few months until Sept. 1."

Borges is the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach and Price recruits the Birmingham area for Auburn. The Tigers already have one QB commitment for this year's class, DeRon Furr, but lost one of the quarterbacks on Tuesday who was already on campus as Steven Ensminger decided to transfer to Louisiana Tech.


Trotter is shown at Auburn's camp in June.

Briarwood plays John Carroll on Friday, and having been to so many camps and visits over the summer Trotter says he's not sure where he'll be on Saturday and he hasn't set any official visits.

"I went to South Carolina, Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Alabama, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Southern Miss," he explains. "Most of them were for camps. I was just glad to get to know the coaches from each place and see what I liked and didn't like about different places I went."


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