Michael knows that when you have schools calling to give you a free education, it’s a good thing. “I have a lot of schools talking to me and more and more are looking to offer.” Barrett’s offer list has grown to 16 and more could be on the way.
Georgia Tech, Michigan, and Tennessee are the three schools that Barrett feels are recruiting him the hardest right now. At Tech, Barrett is being recruited by Coach Mike Sewak. “He makes sure that I know he and the staff at Georgia Tech want me up there playing for them. I really like the fact they are recruiting me. They are a state school and that is something I like.”
Barrett was on Tech’s campus in January for their Junior Day. “I liked everything I saw and enjoyed my time up there.” Barrett returned to Tech Sunday after taking part in an Under Armour Camp at one of the local Atlanta high schools.
When Barrett played junior varsity at Lowndes, their team ran an offense similar to the one run by Tech. “I did a good job running it. Barrett is now playing in a different offense. “If I did attend Georgia tech, I’m sure I could catch on quickly to the scheme.”
The move to quarterback was an adjustment for Barrett. “When I moved to quarterback I felt I was a better runner than a passer.” As the season went on, Michael became more comfortable with the passing game. “I now consider myself good at both.”
Playing quarterback at the next level is not a priority for Barrett. “I’m not going to limit myself to one position. If my college choice feels I am better at linebacker or running back, then I’ll play there.” Barrett feels he plays quarterback, running back, and linebacker equally well.
Barrett is not ready to announce a favorites list but if he did, he says Tech would be up there along with a few other schools. “I need to make more visits before I make the decision on a top seven or so.”
While he doesn’t have any visits planned for the spring, he may take some this summer depending on his parent’s schedule. Michael also plans to take all of his official visits. Those visits will be to the schools he knows he wants to visit as well as some outside the South. His decision will come after his senior season. “I want to make the visits and learn about the schools and then narrow it down to towards the end.”
Education will be the main factor in the Barret decision. “So few college players make it to the NFL that you need to have a good education coming out of college.” Michael will also be looking to see if the school he chooses will honor his scholarship if he leaves early for the NFL. Michael would also like to stay fairly close to home. “I want to be able to come home easily and have my family not having a hard time seeing me play.”