La Hambra (Calif.) quarterback Eric Barriere was fresh off of an official visit to Sacramento State when he received phone call from UH offensive coordinator Zak Hill with a scholarship offer from Hawaii. Since getting the good news, he has set an official visit to Hawaii and will head to the Islands on Thursday.
“I think it was really big because I wasn’t really expecting it,” Barriere said. “I had just come back from my trip to Sacramento. Coach Hill contacted me that next morning and offered me."
“It will be my first time ever being in Hawaii. It should be fun, but it should be a business trip because I’m looking at my future. I have to look at the little things and not think of it as a vacation.”
Schematically, Hawaii would make for a good fit for him in new offensive coordinator Zak Hill’s plans for the Rainbow Warrior offense.
“They told me they were running a spread offense with read option,” Barriere said. “I would love to play in that offense because that’s what I ran in high school. I would fit right into it. I would describe my style as a playmaker, but also a person that does the little things to help the team out and win games in clutch moments.”
The quarterback prospect also holds offers to Eastern Washington, Northern Colorado, Montana State and Sacramento State. Hawaii’s FBS status alone will not be a major advantage in Barriere’s recruitment.
“I just want to find the right school and the right atmosphere, not just because it’s an FBS school,” Barriere said.
He has already visited Eastern Washington, along with Sacramento State.
“It was a great experience,” Barriere said. “I liked Eastern Washington because it was a college town and very family oriented. It was my first time going to Washington so it was a good experience. Sacramento was fun too. It’s a huge campus.”
Barriere plans to visit either Northern Colorado or Montana State with the final weekend before signing day.