Barrett grows close to LSU staff

LSU quarterbacks coach Steve Kragthorpe continues to stay in contact with 2013 standout J.T. Barrett.

LSU is already up to nine commitments for the 2013 class, but the Tigers have yet to lock up a passer.

Tigers quarterbacks coach Steve Kragthorpe has been going hard on the recruiting trail to remedy that, and one of the top targets is four-star prospect J.T. Barrett from Wichita Falls (Texas) Rider.

"I hear from LSU as much as anyone, and all the coaches I talk with said that I'm one of their top quarterbacks and they want me in the class," Barrett said.

Ranked as the No. 6 quarterback prospect in the country, Barrett (6-2, 205) is considered one of the top dual-threat options in next year's class, which has the attention of a numbers of schools, including LSU and Ohio State.

"I really like them both," Barrett said. "You could say those two schools are up at the top."

Barrett visited LSU for a spring scrimmage in early March, then took in an unofficial visit to Ohio State at the end of the month.

"Both visits went well," Barrett said. "There were some things about both schools that I really liked. And getting to meet with the coaches in person was good. Having that relationship is big for me."

How good has Barrett's relationship been with the LSU staff?

"It's been really great, especially with Coach Kragthorpe and Coach (Les) Miles," Barrett said. "If I talk to the head coach often, then I would say that is big. And I talk to Miles and (Urban) Meyer a lot. That's why those schools are a couple of my top choices.

"I want the same relationship I have with my head coach in high school. I could call him and ask him something at any time of the day, and he would get it done for me."

Miles, who is often tabbed as a player's coach, has already made a lasting impression on Barrett, who said he holds Miles in high regard no matter which school Barrett decides to sign with next February.

"Coach Miles is a guy you can just talk to," Barrett said. "He is very personable. Sometimes it won't even be about football. He just talks about how he's doing and asks what I am up to.

"And Coach Miles isn't a guy you have to set up a call with. He's always there ready to talk."

Barrett said that between Miles and Kragthorpe, the Tigers have painted a clear picture of where Barrett stands in LSU's quest to land a quarterback in this year's class.

"It definitely seems like they want me in the class, and they always stay in touch and keep me updated on everything," Barrett said. "Coach Kragthorpe told me all about the spring game, and it sounded really productive.

"Coach Kragthorpe said Zach (Mettenberger) was throwing the ball a whole lot more, so (Kragthorpe) was excited about that. (Kragthorpe) said they have balance with the run game, but with the way they threw it, they are going to keep working that passing game.

"They got into the spread with some read options, too. He said I would have really liked it."

Without a concrete decision date, Kragthorpe is pressing to get Barrett in town a final time before he makes his decision.

"Coach Kragthorpe told me he wants me to come down for spring ball and see me in Wichita Falls, then he wants me to come back down to Baton Rouge," Barrett said. "I don't know yet when that will be, but it would have to be in the summer.

"I feel like I have a good grip on everything. The schools I wanted to see, I now know about. I might take a couple of visits in the next month or two, but I don't think I will go all the way to official visits. I want to make a decision before then."

Barrett begins spring practices at Rider on April 16.

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