One of the hottest names in the area when it comes to recruiting is Dallas Skyline offensive lineman Ty Barrett.
The four-star tackle is ranked No. 23 at his position and racked up close to 10 offers last month alone. Despite garnering so much attention from elite BCS programs, Barrett says he's still looking over all of his options including his hometown program- SMU.
"I am still considering SMU because it's close to home," he said. "I 've played there a few times during the playoffs and it's a great place to play. It's been a good experience so right now SMU is still in the mix."
SMU wide receivers coach Jason Phillips personally extended an offer to Barrett earlier this spring and made quite an impression.
"I met Coach Phillips when he offered, and he's a real down to Earth dude. He's a really cool coach," he said. "From the little bit of time I spent talking to him, he's everything you want in a coach. I haven't spoken to him lately though so I think I'm going to get in contact soon."
Barrett noted that his phone call to Phillips might include setting up a visit in order to build a stronger relationship with the coaching staff and get a more in-depth look at what SMU has to offer.
"I think I will make it out there sometime this spring with Victor (Evans) since I wasn't there for junior day," Barrett said. "I just have to set things up with Coach Phillips but like I said, I think I'll make it out there. I just want to see the campus and meet with the coaches."
The 6-foot-4, 305-pounder is physically ready to be a walk-in starter on the Hilltop due to his athleticism and solid pass protection. He put those skills on display at the Nike Football Training Camp last weekend against some of the top defensive ends in the area and was very impressive.
"It was a good experience going against a lot of talented people. I think I did well, but I didn't get as many reps as I wanted to," he said. " I've been working extremely hard this offseason because I want to win state. It's as simple as that."
Barrett says he currently has no favorites but did make unofficial visits to Baylor, TCU and Texas Tech earlier this spring.
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