Birmingham, Ala.--Briarwood Christian quarterback Barrett Trotter was one of the top players at Auburn's camp this past summer, clearly outperforming several more highly-touted players in every category. That was enough to get the 6-2, 197-pounder on Auburn's radar to watch this season. After a visit by several Auburn coaches Friday night in a win over Anniston, Trotter has gone from the watch list to the offer list.
"I just got off the phone with Coach (Tommy) Tuberville and Coach (Al) Borges and Coach (Terry) Price and they offered me a scholarship," Trotter tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I'm real excited about it. It's something I have really been hoping would happen. I definitely thought after the game the other night an offer might be coming so I was real excited."
A surprising runner with a strong arm, Trotter isn't the 6-5 pocket passer that was for a time considered the perfect college quarterback. Instead, he's similar to South Florida quarterback Matt Grothe in that he can throw the ball but also run when called upon to do so. Trotter says he knew that if he could get the Auburn coaches to see him in action then he would have a chance to get the offer he wanted.
"I was glad they were there because I really thought that if they saw me play and if I kept on playing the way I had been the previous games then I thought I might get an offer through that," Trotter says. "It was real exciting."
One of the top quarterbacks in the South based on the way he has come out firing his senior season, Trotter has led the Lions to a win over Vestavia Hills to open the season and then three consecutive region victories to put them number one in the state in Class 5A. Through four games Trotter is 65-90 passing with 12 touchdowns and one interception for 976 yards. He has also added 150 rushing yards as well.
"I really did," Trotter says. "Over the past few years I thought we had some great teams coming through Briarwood but this one is special for me because it's my senior year. We should have a great team and a shot to win the state."
Currently holding offers from Samford, Troy, Army, UAB, Duke and Auburn, Trotter says that the Tigers are out in front at the moment and he's had the chance to attend two games in Jordan-Hare Stadium already this season. While Auburn's struggles on offense have been no secret, Trotter says he feels like this coaching staff is one that has the Tigers on the road to success once again.
"I really like the coaching staff and the way they handle things," Trotter says. "I like Coach (Al) Borges. Just watching him, I really like the things he does and I think he's the kind of coach I get could get along with real well and could make me a lot better quarterback.
"Some people take it way overboard when a team loses a few games," he adds. "I have been on teams where we won a state championship and then the next year we go 5-6. Building back up a program has to rebuild itself after a few good years. Programs have to rebuild like that and I think it could be a rebuilding year for them but it's not something I'm worried over."
Trotter says he hasn't set up any official visits to this point, but notes he would like to make his decision before too long. "It's something I think I would like to get out the way pretty soon," Trotter says. "I think maybe a few weeks."