QB Breaks Down Recruiting Visit

Comments from Briarwood Christian standout Barrett Trotter are featured.

Birmingham, Ala.--For quarterback Barrett Trotter, his official visit to Auburn over the weekend was fun and informative.

Trotter, who is verbally committed to sign with the Tigers, gave his weekend on the Plains a thumbs up review. "It went real well," he tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "We got to hang out with some of the players and meet some of those guys. That was definitely a lot of fun getting to see some of the guys you are going to be playing with the next few years."

Ryan Pugh, an Auburn Freshman All-SEC offensive lineman who is also from Birmingham, served as Trotter's player host. "I had met him just once or twice, just a ‘hey, how are you doing' thing," Trotter notes. "I had never really hung out with him before.

"He gave me a few things to watch out for and a few little helpful things like saying, ‘Hey, don't do this or do that," or ‘Hey, don't take this class, take this class.' It is definitely helpful information."

Trotter plans to enroll for the first summer semester at Auburn after graduating this spring from Briarwood Christian after leading his team to an unbeaten regular season and a runnerup finish in the Class 5A state playoffs.

Trotter isn't currently competing on a sports team. "I am just working out right now," he says. "I don't know if I am going to do track for sure, but if I do it will be just to throw the javelin."

One of the things players normally do on official visits is spend time with professors and deans to get information about an area of study for college. Trotter hasn't decided what that will be.

"I have no idea on my major," he says. "I went to the business school meeting and I think it took me about five minutes to realize I don't want to be a business major."

Barrett Trotter

Breaking down the schedule for his weekend, the quarterback says, "We came in on Friday and the first thing we did is meet with the coaches and our hosts. Then our hosts took us out to dinner. We got to hang around and meet some of the the guys for a long time. Then we went to Chaz Ramsey's house and hung out there and got to meet more of the guys. It was a lot of fun.

"On Saturday, they had us over to Coach Tuberville's house for a while and we got to hang out there," Trotter says. "We did academic meetings in the morning and then we went to the Tiger's Den over at the stadium for another meal, a real good steak and shrimp meal--all you can eat. That was a lot of fun.

"Then I went over to Andrew McCain's apartment and hung out there the rest of the night," he says. "We went to the same school and played together. My eighth and ninth grade years we played together on the varsity and I knew him before that so it was a lot of fun to get to see him again."

When Trotter committed to the Tigers, Auburn was running the West Coast Offense directed by coordinator Al Borges. Head coach Tommy Tuberville, unhappy with the offensive production the past two seasons, changed coordinators and systems in December, bringing in Tony Franklin and his spread formation offense.

"In the position meetings Saturday, Coach Franklin and I talked a little bit of X's and O's, but not too much," Trotter says. "I am looking forward to get to do that more.

"The offense is a good fit for me," the quarterback adds. "It is exactly what we ran in high school. It is something Coach Franklin and I talked about that it is pretty amazing that I already know most of the offense and most of the terms. It is definitely a help for me coming in."

Click here for the full list of official visitors. Below is a list of other recruits to talk with Inside the Auburn Tigers about their visits this weekend. Click on their names for the reports.

Christian Thompson
Jarmon Fortson
Freddie Smooth
LaRon Byrd
Jomarcus Savage
Eric Smith
Robert Quinn
Burton Scott
William Green
Vance Smith
Reggie Hunt
Drew Cole
Marcus Jemison


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