September 28, 2011

Barrett Impressed with Norman

As Oklahoma entertained Talequah (Okla.) Sequoyah's Brayden Scott and Waco (Texas) Midway's Jordan Darling on campus this past weekend it was a third name that caught the attention of some.



Unlike the afore mentioned duo-who camped with the Sooners and quarterback coach/co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel over the summer- it was Wichita Falls (Texas) Rider dual-threat quarterback J.T. Barrett who made his first trip to Norman over the weekend.

"Yes sir I did. It was a nice experience. It was a little crazier than I thought it would be. Right when we got off the highway we already had gotten into traffic so right then we knew it was going to be a big game and everybody was going to be there. I liked the environment. It was great," said Barrett, who has taken the reigns at quarterback for the Raiders.

"It was all pretty good. We saw the trophy room and we went into the locker room after the game. It was very nice. It looked like one of the best from what I have seen at other colleges so it looked really nice I enjoyed it."

Displaying a strong arm to complement his ability to make plays with his legs the 6-foot-2, 205-pound signal caller made camp visits to Texas and Auburn over the summer.

"I talked to coach (Cale) Gundy while I was down there. I think he is the one that talks to my high school head coach and we talked about football and he just asked about my Friday night game. It was really good meeting him," said Barrett, who passed for 175-yards and tallied 120-yards rushing in Rider's 51-44 overtime loss to Little Elm, Texas.

As for his interest in schools the 2013 prospect says interest is steadily increasing in his first year at the helm of the Rider offense.

"Texas, Oregon, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. I've been hearing from those five. Oklahoma State has been sending me letters and stuff. Then I would probably say UCLA they have sent me a whole lot of stuff including a handwritten letter from their coaching staff and then Arizona and TCU. Nebraska just sent me some stuff not too long ago as well," said Barrett.

"My three things that I'm looking for in a school is the home environment. A place where I would fit in as you would say. Just kind of a place where I'm away from home but at the same time it makes me feel like that school is truly my home. Then a 'father-like' coaching staff is important. I'm really close with my football head coach at my high school. He's like a father figure to me. If I'm ever hurt I would want a coach that sits in the hospital with me and be like my dad when my father isn't able to be there. Then you know I'm looking at my life after football with the academics and my major. I'm talking about getting into marketing and I'd like a school that could help me with that after football."

Earning all-district honors at running back a year ago as a sophomore Barrett says he also has begun to focus on the various types of offenses around the country taking full advantage of his opportunity with a front row view of one of the nation's best during his trip to Norman.

"My thing is, is that I like to pass. That's what I like to do as a quarterback. I like to pass the ball and distribute it to all my receivers. Sometimes I find myself being not as patient and I find myself just taking off running so sometimes it's like my legs kind of hurt me with my passing," said Barrett.

"Going to Oklahoma and playing with an offense like that I would love do to that. With their offensive line I think I would be able to sit back there a little more. At my high school before me we had a quarterback that could sit back in the pocket but now they have plays where I can read it and make the decision to pull the ball down and run."

"It's kind of like Missouri with James Franklin and what they were able to do with him. Sometimes he would sit back in the pocket and find a receiver but other times he can pull it down and hurt you with his legs. Hopefully I could be something like that."

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