Barrett Has New Take

The highly-touted tight end prospect from Tustin, Chris Barrett, has a new take on the schools that are recruiting him, and his opinion has changed...

Chris Barrett, 6-5, 225, Tustin (Calif.) High, who is ranked the #1 tight end prospect on the west coast and a shoe-in to be a top 100 player nationally, has shifted his focus of potential schools. For quite a long time, he said UCLA was his favorite school, but things have changed as of late.

"Right now USC and Florida are my favorites," Barrett said. "I've liked those two schools for a long time. I've always thought about going to those, and they both have good programs."

Wait a minute…

On May 14th Barrett told Pac-West Football's Greg Biggins that UCLA was his favorite school, and said, "I've liked them ever since I was a little kid." And he's told a number of other interviewers essentially the same thing. So how has the story changed? "Yeah, I don't know. UCLA is still in my top three. They just have a lot of tight ends on their depth chart. USC and Florida don't have as many on their depth chart."

Barrett went on to indicate how the possibility of early playing time and competition at his position will be big factors in his decision.

Barrett said his list is pretty narrow right now. Besides UCLA, USC and Florida, he's considering Washington, Oregon and Arizona State.

"Those are really my top six right now," he said. If he had to take his official visits soon, which schools would he visit? "USC, Washington, Oregon, Arizona State and Florida. I wouldn't trip to UCLA. I've been there a lot of times."

When asked which schools are recruiting him the hardest, Barrett said, "USC, UCLA, Washington and Florida."

Barrett did say, like he said before, that staying close to home could be a factor in his decision. "It would be good to stay close, but it might not really matter," he said. When asked if his parents had a preference of school, Barrett said, "My parents like UCLA." He then also said that his parents "could influence" his decision.

He also said that he fully intends to wait as long as he can to make his decision. "I'm going to make my decision on the first Wednesday in February," which is signing day.

Catching 17 passes last season for 415 yards, Barrett also played some defensive end, and he said he's looking to play on both sides of the ball in college. "I really want to play both ways," he said. "I think I'm pretty good on both offense and defense."

Barrett maintained that he and Tustin teammate, offensive lineman Sam Baker, are best friends and still plan on attending the same school. "We like all the same schools and really want to go to the same place."

He said he has a core GPA of 2.5 and is awaiting the results of the SAT he took in early June.

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