Notre Dame offered four-star running back Devan Barrett of Tampa (Fla.) Catholic on March 2, but the coveted athlete already owns a relationship with Irish running backs coach Autry Denson.
“Since day one, I’ve been talking to coach Denson,” Barrett said. “Ever since he followed me a while ago, we’ve had a relationship and talk every day. He’s a great guy.”
The 6-foot, 188-pound athlete is eyeing official visits in the fall but not before he has a solid idea of who are the primary contenders in his recruitment.
“I don’t know much about Notre Dame, to be honest,” Barrett said. “I know they’re a Catholic school, which is what I’m used to. I know they’re a good football team and put a lot of players in the league.
“I’m trying to get up there at some point. I’m not looking to make a spring decision, but I want to get things rolling. I want to take a lot of unoffiicals. I want to know what schools I’m really interested in by the fall and then take my official visits there.”
Barrett has more than 20 offers but said he has no favorites. He does have certain programs recruiting him harder than the rest.
“UNC, Florida, USC, Auburn, Notre Dame, West Virginia, Tennessee and Arkansas are the teams that I talk to every day,” Barrett said.
Barrett has a couple of tentative visits on his schedule.
“Nothing is set in stone, but I’ll probably visit Florida again soon and the in-state schools,” Barrett said. “I’ve already visited Florida, Miami, Florida State and Auburn this year.”
Barrett plays both offense and defense for Tampa Catholic. Notre Dame likes him mostly as a running back.
“Most schools are recruiting me for athlete and telling me I can play wherever,” Barrett said. “I know Notre Dame likes me mostly at running back, but I can play strong safety, free safety or cornerback, too.”
When Barrett does begin to narrow his choices he’s not looking to complicate the decision-making process.
“I’m just looking for the basics,” Barrett said. “How coaches treat me, what feels like home, and just the best overall decision for me.”