Barton has a motor that never stops

When he graduated from high school, current Foothill DE Tyree Barton (6-0, 250) thought he was destined for a wrestling career. However, his plans changed when he realized how much he missed football, so he decided to put his background to good use and ended up having a terrific freshman season in 2011...

"In high school I was a wrestler and a football player," Barton told "I was all-state in wrestling and I took third in the heavyweight division so when I graduated, I signed to wrestle at a JC program in Oregon, but when I got there, I just realized how much I missed football and I wanted to give it another try.

"My brother was also looking at JC programs and he told me about Foothill and when I talked to the coaches and checked out the school, I knew it was the right fit for me."

As a freshman last season, Barton spent quite a bit of time in the opposing team's backfield on a weekly basis, totaling 56 tackles to go along with 12.5 tackles-for-loss and 8.5 sacks.

"Having Russell Jones inside really helped me a lot," Barton admitted. "He was just a beast in there and it allowed me to got a lot of one-on-one stuff and I was able to take advantage of that."

With that in mind, Barton knows double teams will be the norm in 2012 so he's been hard at work this offseason, trying to get ready for the rigors of being someone offenses gameplan for.

"This isn't an individual sport, it's a team game and that's what we have been working on this season -- team chemistry," Barton said. "I'm also working on my technique, how to use my leverage better, getting stronger and faster.

"As a high schooler, I played a lot on on the right side as the strong defensive end, but here I'm more of a hybrid where I stand up and rush the quarterback a lot. So i need to be more flexible and that's a big part of my offseason workouts now."

On the recruiting front, no schools have been in contact with Barton as of yet, but that should change once coaches get a chance to come in this spring and see what he has to offer.

"So far, I haven't really heard anything yet, but my coaches feel that will change once spring ball starts," Barton said. "I'm not impatient. I will just work on what I can control and let the rest take care of itself."

Barton is on pace to finish up his AA degree in December and he will have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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