Scout.com National Recruiting Analyst Greg Powers has seen Barrett live several times, and offered this evaluation.
"I saw him mid-way through his junior season last year. They played Denton Ryan last year, who was loaded with Division-I prospects, and probably had the best defense in Texas. Barrett was tremendous in that game, and he led his team impressively, even though they lost. He was extremely consistent, and very smart with the football. They were a huge underdog, but he kept his team in it to the end, and he showed great leadership ability."
"It was terribly windy that day, but he still threw the football well. It didn't take ten seconds to see he was the big-time quarterback, and that he was the guy. The thing that impressed me the most was his leadership, and how he willed his team into playing over their heads. He showed the running ability to make people miss in the open field, and threw the ball accurately. His intelligence to pick his spots when to run with the football was impressive, and he knows how to play the quarterback position."
"I've seen him at four major combines, at Under Armour, the Next Level camp, the Nike camp and at Elite-11. There isn't one thing that blows you away, and he isn't the fastest kid on the field, nor does he have the best arm out there. His value is in the total package of what he brings to the table, and how hard he wants to compete and win. His ability to be able to find the open receiver, and deliver the ball accurately, time after time was impressive. In a camp, you can see he can make all the throws necessary and do what it takes to win, but not one specific thing will jump out at you. If I had to pick one thing, it would be his consistent release point, which is so important. He has the ball up high, and has a quick release, which benefits a kid that is in the 6-foot-2 range."
PROJECTING BARRETT AT OHIO STATE:
"Barrett fits what Urban Meyer wants to do perfectly, and he's the kind of quarterback you would expect him to recruit. He is an athlete at the position, but he is also a true quarterback. He's going to sit back in the pocket and pick defenses apart. He wants to be in the pocket and make throws, before he wants to run. If things break down, he can get out of trouble or throw on the run. He's not an athlete playing quarterback, but rather a quarterback who's a good athlete. That fits in with what Meyer expects from his quarterback. I expect him to be a starter at Ohio State, and a legitimate successor to Braxton Miller."