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Gators telling 4-star Barrett he’ll be a Gator

You know when they really want you, they can make it seem like you don’t have a choice of where to go. Well, the Florida Gators have made it known loud and clear they want super Tampa Catholic athlete Devan Barrett and his visit to Gainesville on Saturday reaffirmed that.

Barrett joined a hand full of other athletes on campus this weekend at Florida and the future running back or defensive back knew a lot of what to expect, but had a good time anyway.

“It was great visit all in all,” Barrett told reporters outside after the visit. “I walked around campus and they showed me the field. I was able to talk to all the coaches so it was a great visit.

“They say by the end of it all I will be a Gator (he laughed), but, I haven’t made my decision yet. Florida is definitely one of my top schools. I look forward to this recruitment. “

Barrett is a big time running back and safety at Tampa Catholic. At this point in time he isn’t really sure where he will end up at the next level. The Gators don’t know either and he talked with both secondary coach Torrian Gray and running back coach Tim Skipper.

"They have offered me as an athlete. I talked to Coach Torrian and he says he wants me and Coach Skip says he really wants me too," he said. "They have offered me as an athlete, so that is exactly what I am. I don’t have a preference, when I get to college it is a decision I have to make."

There are plenty of teams all over Barrett. Offers are coming in 3-4 times a week at this point. He says there is no top list of schools just yet.

“Auburn, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, West Virginia a bunch of other schools are some that I like,” he said. “It’s still early in the process, no real favorites, no top five or top ten.”


He will be travelling a bit this winter and spring and checking some of them out.  

“I have a couple of visits (lined up), I’m probably going to South Carolina and North Carolina,” he said. “We have a couple of other visits I want to make. It is early in the process and I want to take my time and make the right decision. It is more of a business decision with what is going to happen in the future.”

The 6-foot, 190 pound athlete knows some of the things that he’s looking for in a program.

“I am looking at the coaches, how I would be played, and where I’m on the field,” he said. “The people around and how they treat me, it has to be home for the next four years.”

The Gator offer means a lot and so far what he sees from Florida fits what he is looking for.

“It’s great. I am super happy I got the offer. It was my favorite school growing up,” he said. “The people around here are good people and good coaches. There are good trainers, doctors and everything. All in all it is a great place to be.”

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