AU QB Recruit Discusses Franklin, All-Stars

Auburn commitment Barrett Trotter talks about the change to Tony Franklin as AU's offensive coordinator and getting ready to play in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star game on Monday.

Mobile, Ala.--Auburn commitment Barrett Trotter has one final game to play in his high school career and it takes place Monday night at Ladd-Peebles Stadium as he will suit up for the Alabama squad to take on Mississippi in the All-Star Classic game.

Named the Class 5A Back of the Year after a senior season that saw him complete 232 of 372 passes for 3,446 yards with 47 touchdowns and just eight interceptions, Trotter says that he's anxious to play in Monday's game after watching his teammates on the field in practice sessions the last two days.

"It is a lot of fun getting to play with some of these guys that I hear a lot about and have to play throughout the year," Trotter says. "It's a lot of fun.

"We've got some good running backs with us," he adds. "Anthony Landrum and Justin Rogers and Reggie Hunt have really impressed me. We've got some big offensive linemen that I'm not used to playing behind, so that makes it a lot of fun. It's cool to get to meet the guys you're going to be playing with (at Auburn)."

Trotter completes a pass in the Class 5A title game against St. Paul's.

Committing to the Tigers in October after a successful summer camp session and early part to his senior year brought an offer from Auburn, Trotter says that he's excited about the change in offensive coordinators that brings former Troy coordinator Tony Franklin to the Tigers.

"I'm happy with it," Trotter says. "We're going to be running the same kind of stuff that I'm used to. Hopefully, that will make it a little easier on me making the transition."

The transition is also made smoother by the fact that Trotter and Franklin have met before on the recruiting trail and in the training area as well. He notes that he's impressed with Franklin and is looking forward to working with him.

"He actually came up one summer and taught our school his system," Trotter says. "When I went down for a visit to Troy I got to meet him. He was actually the first coach to offer me my junior year."

Playing in Franklin's system for Coach Fred Yancey at Briarwood, Trotter has shown the ability to both pass and run effectively in the offensive scheme. He says that as a player it's hard to imagine playing in an offense as fun as the one Auburn is getting ready to employ.

"Spreading the ball out to so many different guys makes it hard for a defense to account for everybody," Trotter says. "Normally there is somebody who is open and it's just a matter of getting the ball to them. It's a lot of fun. Over the past few years it's what I've been doing and something I'm used to. It's just a lot of fun."


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