"It was just the family," Barrett explained. "It's just a big ol' family with the people there, the alumni. When I was up there (last month), they kept saying we, us, ours, they were all about togetherness. I'd say that was a big part of it."
The other part was a unique decision-making process he recently underwent.
"What I did was I committed, in my head, to myself, to each school. One a time. I wanted to see how I'd feel if I actually committed to that school."
He let each "commitment" soak in before moving on to the next.
"I got the advice from one of my adopted fathers. He said to make sure you get that peace with yourself first, and then you'll know where to go, and where God needs you to go."
The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder found peace with the Buckeyes.
"OSU felt right," he said. "Honestly, to myself, I'd been committed to Ohio State two weeks ago."
"I have so many offers, so many opportunities, and I'm so blessed. But I know Ohio State is the place for me and where God needs me to go. I feel good about it."
Barrett declared he will not be making visits elsewhere.
"In the summer I'll go back to Ohio State and work out with Coach Herman and Coach Meyer, and then in the fall make my official visit up there. But other than that, that's it. I'm not going to visit anywhere else, or reserve my spot anywhere else. I don't want to do that to another program. I'm not going to waste anyone's time. I know I don't like my time wasted, so I'm not going to do that to someone else."
"Ohio State is the only place I will be."
Barrett added that he will graduate in December and enroll early to Ohio State.
Coach Herman will visit Rider High a week from Monday, April 30.
"He was supposed to come this week," said Barrett, "but they have their spring game so he wasn't able to make it. I'm excited for him to come down."