Shreveport (La.) Evangel Christian athlete/quarterback Billy Barefield might not be the tallest prospect around, but what he lacks in height, he makes up in talent.
One team to identify that talent early on was Memphis, and the Tigers extended him a scholarship offer after an impressive performance at their camp. It was an offer he decided to take.
“When he went up there in June that was his first exposure to Memphis,” said Keith Barefield, the offensive coordinator at Evangel and the quarterback’s father. “He fell in love with the coaches, the schools and the system really got his interest. Their offense is tailor made for what he does.”
The 5-foot-9 ½, 164-pound athlete that was also recruited by Alabama, Arkansas, Notre Dame and South Carolina committed to Memphis this weekend. Barefield transferred to Evangel Christian after his junior season at San Antonio Cornerstone, a private school in which he earned first-team all-district honors as a freshman, sophomore and a junior. He also earned Texas private school player of the year honors as a junior.
As a junior, Barefiled rushed for 1,554 yards and 23 touchdowns. He also threw for 3,498 yards and 38 scores. He is expected to be a key figure in Evangel’s wide-open passing scheme this year.
“This is a situation that’s great for him,” his father said. “They already do what he does best.”