Barrett: U-M 'stuck out' after talk W/Harbaugh

After a talk with Jim Harbaugh on Sunday, Valdosta (Ga.) Lowndes 2018 athlete Michael Barrett says U-M "stuck out little bit more" inches recruitment.

VALDOSTA, Ga. – Only a spectator at Michigan's satellite camp held at Valdosta State on Sunday, 2018 athlete Michael Barrett seized the opportunity to connect with U-M’s Jim Harbaugh.

Barrett, along with his family, spoke to Harbaugh and the rest of his coaching staff in-depth on how they plan to recruit and play him moving forward. 

“The message was just trying to find home, the best fit for me,” Barrett said of his talk with Harbaugh. “He’s trying to get me up there for a visit. Trying to make decide which schools are the best out of the top ones I was talking about, he was trying to get me to look up the different things about that.”

Simply put: Is Michigan trending positively right now with Barrett?

“Yeah, after today my whole family sat in the coaches office with him, so I feel like after today they stuck out a little bit more,” Barrett said, who stars locally at Valdosta (Ga.) Lowndes. 

Barrett stands at 6-foot-1, 208-pounds, and looks and plays similarly to the style of former U-M standout, Jabrill Peppers. Michigan’s coaches told Barrett he compared to Peppers offensive game and could utilize him the same way in Ann Arbor.

“That’s really who they compare me to, they were saying I can do different things like him,” Barrett said. “They were saying I got the same type of body coming out of high school that he has. They were saying I could lineup at running back and get some swing passes out of the backfield. I could line up at quarterback for wildcat package. Or I could come in my first year and probably get a shot at special teams catching returns.”

Michigan 2018 safety commit, Otis Reese, was also in attendance on Sunday, and has been consistently recruiting for U-M, says Barrett. Both of them, of course, hail from south Georgia. 

“He was saying going out and doing different things, trying different things and after I go up (to Michigan), it’s a great experience,” he said of Reese. “After that he thinks I’ll be ready to commit. So I’m going to try to go up there with him in like two weeks from now.”

Adding more from Reese's message to Barrett on Michigan.

“With the class just finishing ended up putting 11 people in the NFL Draft, and it wasn’t even the people coach Harbaugh brought in," Barrett said of Reese. "He was saying he was trying to get some south Georgia boys up there with him, so that they could really relate to him. He’s trying to get me up there with him.”

And when Barrett finally decides to head up to Michigan, he says he’ll be looking for certain things on his visit.

“I’m probably going to go up there and decide if I feel comfortable up there,” Barrett said. ‘I’m looking for a place that feels like home that I can spend the next four years building myself into a better man and better football player.”

Besides Michigan, Barrett says he plans to visit Tennessee, South Carolina, LSU and possibly Central Florida this summer. He has already been on trips to both Florida and Florida State.

As far as a top-10, Barrett has yet to release that information, but did say there was a “100-percent” certainty that Michigan will be in it.

Decision timeline-wise, Barrett says he plans to take all five of his official visits and is still deciding whether or no if he will be committing on his birthday, Dec. 14.

“The only thing really holding me back from Michigan is the distance,” Barrett said. “I wouldn’t say it’s a big factor, but something I’m looking at.”

And part his reason on distance, Barrett says is due to his family being unable to come see him play.

“I feel like they will be more disappointed than I am,” Barrett said. “They’re trying to come out to the games. The distance-wise, but I feel like they’ll be all right. Cause it’s better for the brand I feel like. The more you go out, the more you get to see, the more you get to learn.”

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