RECRUITING: Barrett - Five Will Be Considered

If there is any truth to that old adage "it's business, it's not personal" then perhaps when it comes to National Signing Day, Cruz Barrett might go choose some place other than Tallahassee as his final port of call. If it's business, then any one of five schools could land this huge lineman. If it's personal, he'll be at FSU.

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Barrett, a 6-4, 315-pounder from Daytona Beach Mainland (rated three stars by grew up a Florida State fan and he was duly upset when the Seminoles lost their first game of the season to Virginia in Charlottesville. One of his favorite players is former FSU All-American offensive tackle Alex Barron and he likes FSU offensive line Coach Mark McHale.

Yet, even with all those ties to Tallahassee, Barrett admits that Florida, West Virginia, Nebraska and South Carolina will all get a fair shake when it comes time for him to make a decision.

He's quite familiar with Florida's situation. The Gators graduate four senior starters on an offensive line that has been getting its share of heat this year. He believes Gator Nation should be patient with the new offense and allow the offensive line to build chemistry.

"I think it takes a year or two of playing together for the players to get the offensive system mastered," he said, adding that he thinks Florida offensive line Coach John Hevesy has his troops on the right path to success.

Barrett knows something about chemistry on the offensive line. He knows that the more reps an offensive line takes together the better chemistry they will have.

"I have played with Barrett says, "I have played with right guard Victor Campbell so long that we were able to predict each others moves in every situation."

Barrett is a tackle at Mainland but at the next level most have him as a guard. Florida State, he says, is the only school at this time which has been specific in its recruiting.

"Coach Mark McHale, the Florida State offensive line coach, told me I would be playing the left tackle or left guard position," he said.

Even though he plays the right side at Mainland, he said the move to the other side is "not a big adjustment … it is the same technique, same blocks just to the opposite side."

Barrett says Alex Barron, the former Florida State and current St. Louis Rams tackle, is the football player he most admires.

"When I hear people talking about him they call him a freak of nature," said Barrett. "Barron is an offensive lineman with a six pack for a stomach. He can do a no- hand back flip and he has been timed at 4.6 in the 40-yard dash."

Although he has been a Florida State fan all his life, he says that he will keep an open mind about where he signs. He says that Florida and his other favorites will all have a fair shot to convince him that they have the right place for him to play football the next four years.

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