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Class of 2017 tight end/quarterback Trae Barry tries to make an impression

Spanish Fort (AL) High School class of 2017 TE/QB Trae Barry returns to Mississippi State's camp with the hope of making an impression.


After camping at Mississippi State as a quarterback, Barry came back to this year's Mississippi State camp not as a quarterback but as a tight end.

"I came here last year as a quarterback," said Barry, who attended the June 10, 2015 MSU camp. "But (Mississippi State was) the first school to actually say, because of my size, if I had thought of playing receiver tight end. So, I decided to come back and play tight end and try to make an impression this year."

While no offer was extended after the camp, Barry did make an impression.

"Mississippi State told me that they are going to watch me," said Barry. "(Wide receivers coach) Billy G and the quarterbacks coach Brian Johnson said they like my size and my hands. They told me to follow them on twitter and we will stay in contact."

According to Barry, the feeling is mutual.

"I love Mississippi State," said Barry, who has a grandfather who went to another in-state school, Southern Miss. "It would be cool to go there."

Although he would love to receive an offer from Mississippi State, Barry is not sitting idly by waiting on offers.

"I have had a busy summer (camping-wise)," said Barry. "I started off by going to UL-L, then to UAB, then I traveled to Mercer. Mercer offered me right after the spring. So, I wanted to go there. The campus really impressed me. Troy offered me a while back. I am about to go there. Arkansas State is my newest offer. I want to camp there. I went to Alabama and got the top tight end (award) of their camp. Nick Saban talked to me."

In addition to offers from Mercer, Arkansas State and Troy, Barry also has another offer with another one possible.

"I have an offer from Jacksonville State and a lot of interest from South Alabama," said Barry. "They said they are going to offer me."


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