Barrett taking a long look at the Dawgs

The Washington Huskies are looking at a lot of the top high school linebackers on the west coast and one of the best is Notre Dame's (Sherman Oaks, Ca.) Jordan Barrett. He got an offer from the Dawgs in March and he said they are a school he's going to take a long look at before he gets ready to make any sort of a decision.

"I'm not really close to making a decision," Barrett told recently. "I'm pretty much open to everyone and Washington is a school that offered me real early so I've been checking them out.

"UCLA, USC, Oregon, California, Notre Dame, Virginia and Boston College are all recruiting me pretty hard as well."

Barrett actually has a connection with the Washington program already.

"Tyrone Duncan and I knew each other from Pop Warner," Barrett said. "He actually helped out with our team a little bit back when I was a kid so it was pretty cool to see him get up to Washington and get a scholarship.

"Erik Folk also is a guy I know that is up there too. Both of them love it up there and they have been telling me all about the city (Seattle) and the school and how great it is up there."

As a junior, Barrett, who goes 6-3, 235 pounds, combined with Anthony McDonald to form one of the top linebacker combos in the country and he managed to post 90 tackles, 13 tackles-for-loss, five sacks, four passes defensed and two interceptions.

"I'm real aggressive and I love to hit," Barrett said. "I feel like my instincts help me a lot because I have enough speed (4.6) to get outside when I need to and I can shed pretty well."

Right now, Barrett is focused on getting his strength to where it needs to be.

"I'm in the weight room five or six days a week," Barrett noted. "I'm benching 275 now, but I want it to be around 325 or so by the time my season starts.

"That extra strength will help me a lot in keeping guys off my legs and it will help me be even more physical."

Barrett says he is comfortable playing anywhere as a linebacker, but the Huskies are looking at him to come in and play in the middle.

"They said they like me at middle linebacker and that's my natural position I think," Barrett said. "I can cover, I can run, I can rush the quarterback; I mean, whatever a team needs me to do, I will do it."

Barrett is looking at the different camps he wants to take in over the next few months and he said he's hoping to take some unofficial trips this summer, but he's unsure which schools will be on the itinerary.

We'll continue to follow Barrett's progress over the comine weeks and months and update things as they happen.

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