Birmingham, Ala.--The Auburn Tigers added Alabama's top senior prep quarterback to the fold on Thursday when Briarwood Christian's Barrett Trotter announced his decision to sign with Auburn at a press conference at his school.
A 6-2, 197-pounder with the ability to both pass and run, Trotter chose the Tigers over Army, Duke, Troy and UAB while schools such as Tennessee, Alabama and others showed interest in the Lion standout.
A standout at more than one of Auburn's summer camps, Trotter has been steadily climbing AU's list of quarterback prospects and finally reached the offer stage after Coaches Tommy Tuberville and Terry Price watched his Lions tear apart Anniston last Friday night behind Trotter's 267-yard, four touchdown effort as he completed 20-26 passes. After that performance, Auburn offered him a scholarship two days later and after the decision-making process was a short one for Trotter.
"First of all I just want to start off by saying thanks to all my teammates," Trotter said at his announcement. "All of you guys worked hard with us to make it possible to come out here and win a bunch of games.
"Thanks to my parents, they are always supportive, and my family. I thank the Lord for the opportunities He has given me and I just want to say that next year I will be attending school at Auburn University. I am real excited about that. I am ready to win a state championship this year and keep on winning down at Auburn."
This season Trotter has guided Briarwood to the top of the Class 5A rankings in Alabama with his precision passing and ability to run when needed. In four games Trotter has completed 65-90 passes for 976 yards and 12 touchdowns with just one interception. He has also added 150 rushing yards as well.
Trotter at one of Auburn's summer camps.
As a junior Trotter completed 188 of 315 passes for 2,414 yards and 22 touchdowns. In addition to his passing totals he added another 489 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground. One of the top performers at the Scout.com Junior Combine in San Antonio in January following his junior season, Trotter threw the ball well and also ran well with a 40-yard dash time of 4.59 seconds. In addition he had a vertical leap of 31 inches and a short shuttle time that most defensive backs would be proud of at 4.25 seconds.
Trotter becomes Auburn's 16th verbal commitment for the 2008 class joining fellow quarterback DeRon Furr, wide receivers Damion Allen, Harry Adams, Darvin Adams and Jarmon Fortson, running backs Enrique Davis and Reggie Hunt, tight end Vance Smith, offensive lineman Jarien Moreland, defensive tackle Tim Lamb, defensive ends Raven Gray and Cameron Henderson, cornerbacks Drew Cole and George Baker and athlete Blair Irvin.
(We will have more on Trotter's commitment throughout the day.)