Boise State The 'Right Fit' For Darien Barret

Inglewood HS DE Darien Barrett (Inglewood, CA) signed with Boise State for the 2012 recruiting class. The talented DE was committed to San Diego State, but a late offer & an official visit to The Blue sealed the deal for the Broncos. More than anything, he says it was simply the "right fit" for him. He spoke to BroncoCountry.com about his decision to sign with Boise State & his future as a Bronco.

Inglewood HS DE Darien Barrett (Inglewood, CA) signed with Boise State last Wednesday as a member of the 2012 recruiting class. The talented DE was committed to San Diego State, but a late offer from Boise State and an official visit to The Blue sealed the deal for the Broncos. More than anything, it was simply the "right fit" for him.

"It was the right fit for me," he said. "The surrounding people are great. The people in LA won't stop and say hello to you or anything like that, but they did up in Idaho. I've been wanting to get out of LA for a while now and I felt like this was my chance."

"Coach Petersen called my coach about three weeks ago and said they had some interest in me," he stated. "He sent Coach K down to my school to see me and then Coach Petersen came to my house for a home visit about a week later. He told me he was offering me a scholarship and I knew going into my official that I was going to commit."

"I got to sit down with Coach Petersen on the second day of my visit," said Barrett. "He took me in his office, told me about the school, and I already knew in my mind that I was going to commit. I think I kind of gave it away since I was smiling the whole time. He had a big smile on his face when I told him and we were all excited about it."

Like Sam McCaskill, Barrett (6'4, 227, 4.8) will be a hybrid-DE/LB at Boise State. He feels that position is a perfect fit.

"They like me as a LB/DE-hybrid," he said. "I feel that's my position," he added.

"Coach K likes how fast I am, my overall speed, and my agility."

Injuries, injuries, and more injuries - that's a good summary for Inglewood's 2011 season.

"Oh, it was an awful season," he said. "We kept losing players as the season went on. We probably lost twenty players total by the time the second half of the season rolled around. It was up to me to keep those guys focused and be a leader."

"That's my mentality," said Barrett. "Me and a couple other guys had to step up and give those guys some hope, some leadership. You got to step-up for your teammates."

Injuries may have derailed Inglewood's season, but Barrett was still able to put together a solid campaign as he racked up 42 tackles and 10 sacks.

"Personally, I thought I had a good season," he said. "My coaches gave me a lot of recognition for my performance on the field," he added.

Signing Day was an emotional day for the future Bronco as he achieved his goal of playing high-level D-1 football.

"The previous year I saw a few other guys do Signing Day and I thought this was my opportunity," he said. "It was an emotional day for me since I realized I had achieved my goal."

"Honestly, I cried some tears of joy after I got home that day."

He chose Boise State over offers from San Diego State, Houston, UNLV, and New Mexico.

BroncoCountry.com will continue to have updates on Darien Barrett.




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