Outside of some interest from FCS and smaller FBS programs, University High School (WA) prospect Clark Barrington has flown heavily under the radar. That is until now that BYU’s entered the picture, extending Barrington a scholarship offer.
“I’m 6-6, 275-pounds and I’m pretty mobile for my size,” said Barrington. “I’ve got good feet and I can move well in my run blocks. Right now I have seven other offers. I have offers from Montana, Eastern Washington, Portland State, Idaho, Idaho State, and Hawaii.
“Utah has just started talking to me now that BYU has offered. I’ve heard from them a couple of times now. Right now it’s between BYU and Eastern Washington, but if Utah does finally come into the picture then they’ll be up there too.”
Barrington was in constant contact with former BYU offensive line coach Garett Tujague and the previous BYU coaching staff prior to their exodus to the University of Virginia. After not hearing from the new coaching staff, Barrington decided to take matters in to his own hands.
“Well, it was super exciting,” said Barrington. “I was talking to BYU’s old coaching staff and Coach Tujague came up a couple of times to watch me lift. I didn’t really talk to anybody else. Coach Tujague told me he would tell the new staff about me, but I hadn’t heard anything from the new staff. So, I just sent all three of the new coaches that were hired emails. Later that night I got an email back from Coach Kaufusi saying he was going to talk about me in the next meeting in the morning, and that he wanted me to call him back the next day.”
That next morning Barrington followed the instructions given to him by Coach Kaufusi. He called him up and Kaufusi handed over the phone to BYU head coach Kalani Sitake who gave him the news.
“I spoke with Coach Kaufusi because he was the only coach I had a number for,” said Barrington. “Then he gave the phone over to Coach Sitake who said, ‘I don’t really know what was going on with the old coaching staff, but as soon as I saw your film I wanted you.’ That was really cool to know that the first time he saw my film he wanted me there at BYU. He offered me a scholarship right then and there.”
With a BYU offer in hand, Barrington is grateful for Coach Sitake and his new staff for pulling the trigger. He’s not sure that if the old BYU staff was still in Provo that would be the case today.
“I was just grateful for the opportunity to play for them. It really means a lot to me because I don’t know if I would have an offer now if the old coaching staff was still at BYU,” Barrington said. “I was really grateful that they came in and offered me. I’m Mormon and so the whole faith factor at BYU is really attractive to me. I know that at BYU I’ll be around people like myself, so that’s one reason why I really like BYU.”
Having already taken an official visit to Eastern Washington, Barrington has his sights set on taking an official visit to BYU this coming weekend. After that, he’ll then decide on where he’ll play his college ball at.
“I went on Eastern Washington’s visit last weekend,” Barrington said. “I have BYU this weekend on the 22nd. It’s going to be fun and I can’t wait to get out there and check things out. After that I’ll probably make my decision before the 3rd of February.”