Playing strongside the past two seasons while Anthony McDonald manned the middle, Barrett will move inside this fall to assume the defensive leadership role. Being a major part of the Knights defense for two years has opened up his recruitment.
"Notre Dame was the first school to offer me and I was very excited to get that first offer," said Barrett. "Coach (Charlie) Weis had come by the school and talked with Anthony and Dayne (Crist) and he had seen my highlight tape and they had been talking with my coaches and when the day came, he offered me."
The Irish were first but a Pac-10 school came next.
"I actually got an offer from Washington about a month ago," said Barrett. "I had gotten some mail from them and I actually got the offer in the mail and then the next day I talked to the coaches and they said they wanted to offer me."
Those two offers have been joined by heavy interest from a slew of schools around the country.
"I've been hearing a lot from California, Oregon, UCLA, USC, Virginia and Boston College," said Barrett. "I went to a UCLA practice last Thursday and saw the school some. I'm really interested in UCLA. And then I'm going to Cal this weekend for their Junior Day and I'm looking forward to visiting there. I want to visit some other schools and see if I can fit them all in."
Barrett will visit Notre Dame for their Spring Game, joining Crist and McDonald.
With the Irish signing his two teammates and him receiving his first offer from them, Barrett insisted he's not ready to name a favorite. "There is not really a leader, I'm looking at things equally," said Barrett. "I'm going up to Notre Dame for the spring game to get a look at the school. But I'm trying to be as wide open as I can. I want to go and visit every school and be open minded about it."
Barrett said he's also not trying to expedite the recruiting process. "I want to wait and let the recruiting process play out and not rush it," said Barrett. "I want to take my time and find a place that is best for me."
Barrett said several key factors will be considered as he makes his choice. "Definitely the school itself with its academics," said Barrett. "And the team, the team atmosphere, the tradition and the coaching. I want to go to a place that I can definitely excel as a player and as a student."
Despite growing up in Southern California, Barrett said he never really had a favorite team. "I never really had a favorite school, I would just watch the team and watched how they were playing," said Barrett. "I wasn't really an SC or UCLA fan, I just never had a favorite team."
Barrett said his family is open to him leaving the area, but did say they wouldn't be upset if he stayed near by. "They're kind of half and half," said Barrett. "My mom would like me to look at all of the places close to home and my dad wants me to check out everywhere around the country."
During the 2007 season, Barrett had 90 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, five sacks, four pass break-ups, two interceptions and one interception return for a touchdown for the Knights and earned all-Serra League honors. He's currently ranked the #9 strongside linebacker in the country by Scout.com and is a member of the Scout 300.
Academically, Barrett said he was doing fine in the classroom and would be taking the SAT on May 3rd.