One of the best prospects the west coast has to offer this recruiting season is defensive end/tight end Chris “The Freak” Barrett (6-5, 250, 4.6) from Tustin, Calif.
Barrett is the biggest recruit to come out of Tustin high school since UCLA Bruin great and now Carolina Panther Deshaun Foster was running wild for Tustin. Foster had over 50 offers and Tustin head coach Myron Miller told to Pac10Recruiting that Barrett will get similar amount of offers by the time it’s all said and done.
So far Barrett has 17 offers. Look for this list to grow significantly. His list of favorites includes Florida, Tennessee, USC, ASU, Oregon, and Washington.
ASU, UCLA, USC, Washington, Oregon, Oregon State, Florida and Fresno State are a partial list of school that has called since September 1st.
What is Barrett looking for in a school?
“A good location, the history of the school and the depth chart,” Barrett said.
Is there a time table for your decision on a school?
“I will take all five visits,” Barrett said. “I will probably make my decision the first week of February.”
Strap on your seatbelts Barrett’s recruiting adventures look like it will be a roller coaster ride.
Few players have the size, speed, athletic skills and strength that Barrett possesses. He is being recruited as an athlete because he is equally as good as a tight end as is a defensive end.
In somewhat of switch Barrett now professes that the position he prefers in college is defensive end. It was earlier reported that he wanted to play tight end on the D-I level.
Tight end or defensive end it wouldn’t matter, Barrett will be a welcome addition.
Defensive end does make sense. After all Barrett’s nickname is “The Freak” and that is no accident. His style of play as a defensive end reminds many of Jevon “The Freak” Kearse of the Tennessee Titans.
“Coach (Miller) calls me “The Freak” because of the way I play and because of the work I do in the weight room,” Barrett said.
Barrett has a great work ethic and has worked very hard this off-season preparing himself for his senior season.
“I lifted weights, caught a lot of passes and played a lot of basketball to stay in shape,” Barrett said.
Lift weights “The Freak” did. He improved his bench press from 305 to 365, his squat from 430 to 455, and his power clean from 330 to 360.
For good measure Barrett recorded a 35-inch vertical jump.
Barrett was selected all-CIF as a tight end his junior season after catching 17 passes for 450 yards while averaging a whopping 26 yards per catch,
“The Freak” has a boatload of talent and he could be one of the more interesting recruiting stories for the upcoming recruiting season…