Birmingham, Ala.--For quarterback Barrett Trotter this weekend's official visit to Auburn is just a formality, but that doesn't mean the Auburn commitment is any less excited about his trip to the Plains.
After committing to the Tigers back in September, Trotter finished off one of the best seasons of any player in the country as he led Briarwood Christian to the 5A title game. He notes that he's just anxious to get on campus and begin to get a feel for his new home for the next five years.
"I'm definitely looking forward to my visit," Trotter tells Inside The Auburn Tigers says. "I have heard about how much fun visits are to go hang out with the guys and see what it's kind of like down there.
"It's definitely one of the pluses of recruiting itself, to be able to go on an official visit. It's something I have been looking forward to."
Barrett Trotter throws a pass during the state championship game.
Playing for Coach Fred Yancey at Briarwood in the system of Coach Tony Franklin, it's not surprising that Trotter was one happy commitment following the announcement of Franklin as Auburn's new offensive coordinator. Following the bowl victory over Clemson, Trotter says he's even more impressed by what he saw that night.
"I thought they did real well only learning that offense in the amount of time they had," Trotter says. "That's definitely something really hard to do. I thought they played really well, all things considered. It was exciting to see Auburn playing offense that way."
A charismatic leader for the Lions since his sophomore season, Trotter is hoping to use some of his charms to get some of his fellow recruits to Auburn this year. Among the players coming in this weekend such as fellow Birmingham prospect William Green, running back Eric Smith, wide receivers Jarmon Fortson and LaRon Byrd, and others, Trotter says he'll try to work on them as much as possible along with several more players that are interested in the Tigers.
"I'm definitely trying to get more guys down there," Trotter says. "I want some guys that I know can help the team out. I talk to Antoine (Antoine McClain) a pretty good bit and I have been trying to talk to D.J. Woods from Ohio as well. I'm trying to get them to come on down there."
A solid commitment to the Tigers, Trotter says several more schools have come into the picture with him in recent months, but he's done with his recruiting.
"I had a few other schools say they weren't going to officially offer me, but they wanted me to call them if anything changes," Trotter says. "I really wasn't looking too hard once I committed though."