Barrett Still Wide Open

Notre Dame HS linebacker Jordan Barrett has emerged as one of the top linebackers on the west coast in the 2009 recruiting class. While Barrett doesn't have a favorite he has been hearing a lot about USC and Notre Dame from his teammates Wes Horton, Dayne Crist, and Anthony McDonald.

Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, Calif. produced two of the top defensive prospects from California in the 2008 class in defensive end Wes Horton (USC) and linebacker Anthony McDonald (Notre Dame). In 2009 Jordan Barrett will be the top defensive prospect for the Knights and one of the best linebackers in the state.

The 6-2.5, 225-pound linebacker broke onto the scene with a terrific junior season in which he combined with Anthony McDonald to form one of the best linebacker tandems on the west coast.

As a junior at Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame in 2007, Barrett recorded 90 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, five sacks, four pass break ups and two interceptions.

Barrett could become an even better linebacker prospect than his former teammate Anthony McDonald with a solid senior campaign. Barrett has been particularly good against the run and is a big-time hitter.

When asked about his strengths as a linebacker Barrett said, "Probably being able to do everything whether it be between the tackles or on the outside. I can also drop back in coverage and bat down the ball or make an interception if I have to."

It is still early in the recruiting process but Barrett has been getting attention from several schools across the nation and received his first offer earlier this week from Notre Dame.

"Notre Dame, USC, California, Oregon, Boston College and Virginia are recruiting me the hardest," said Barrett. "I have been getting stuff from all of those schools."

When asked if he had a favorite Barrett replied, "I am still wide open. I am just looking at every school the same and seeing where I fit in the most."

While he doesn't have a favorite Barrett admitted that he has heard a lot about USC and Notre Dame from his teammates.

"I have just heard great things about Notre Dame. Two of my friends committed there (Anthony McDonald and Dayne Crist) and they went to visit and came back and said such great things about the school and the program."

Not to be outdone USC-bound Wes Horton has been in Barrett's ear singing the praises of USC and Pete Carroll. "Wes (Horton) also has such great things to say about USC and Coach Carroll. So I am definitely going to go and check out USC also."

"There has been some contact with my coaches and the USC coaches and stuff like that. They have been dominant for years and are such a great program and academics and everything," Barrett said of USC.

The big linebacker said he appreciates the input from his friends but he still wants to take the recruiting process slow and will end up wherever he feels the most comfortable.

"I am listening to what they say about the schools but I am going to go check them out for myself see how I like it there," Barrett said.

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