Versatile TE/DE to take in Apple Cup

HE'S NOT YOUR average prospect. For starters, how many versatile, three star relentless playmaker-types with double digit offers coming out of the prep ranks feature classical music as their ringtone?

But Lavonte Barnett (6-2, 225) out of Paraclete High in Lancaster, Calif. isn't typical in a lot of ways. He could be a tight end, defensive end or linebacker at the next level. Last night, Paraclete topped St. Margaret's 38-21 in the semifinals of the CIF-SS East Valley Division. This morning, he hopped on a plane to the Palouse for his official visit.

"They've answered a lot of my questions, I really don't have any ones for them. I just want to see how I fit in, how the environment is there," said Barnett.

Barnett said one thing that will be important to him are coaches and a program that cares about their players on a personal level, that it's not all about football and nothing else.

Barnett and Paraclete have held eight opponents to eight points or less this year. On the regular season, he had 10 sacks among his 48 tackles, with 14 receptions for 281 yards with five touchdowns.

Barnett says Washington State, Cal, Oregon State and Fresno State are the four he's focused in on and hearing the most from. He's already tripped to OSU. He said tentative plans call for a trip to Fresno State on Dec. 11.

"Washington State has said tight end/defensive end. Fresno State is recruiting me at tight end, Oregon State at defensive end. Cal, they're recruiting me as an athlete. I don't care which position I play at the next level, I just want to play," said Barnett.

While Barnett said distance doesn't factor into the equation at all, he prefers a warmer climate.

"The weather, it makes a difference. I kind of lean towards a (warmer climate)," said Barnett.

Barnett said he doesn't anticipate making a decision anytime soon, and has more official trips to take before making the call.

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