June 22, 2011

Barrett talks about stealing the show at UT camp

The 2013 quarterback class in the state of Texas continues to grow. Prospects like Tyrone Swoopes, Chris Johnson, Kenny Hill, Jordan Darling, Kohl Stewart, and Richard Lagow are just a few names who have popped up on the radars of college coaches.

While attending the Texas camp on June 14, Wichita Falls (Texas) Rider signal caller J.T. Barrett made sure he was also noticed.

The 6-2, 205-pound prospect brings a lot to the table earning first-team all-district honors at running back as a sophomore in 2010. He does not shy away from his running ability, but he is also clear on what position he plays.

"I'm a quarterback," Barrett said. "I'm a scrambler. I'm not going to lie I do enjoy the run. I just try to make plays for my team and give us the best opportunity to win."

Barrett may enjoy running around but do not sleep on his passing ability. He was labeled the quarterback with possibly the strongest arm at the camp, which included standouts Swoopes and Darling. It is an aspect of his game he feels is often overlooked by opponents, but it is something he takes great pride in.

"I know where the ball is supposed to be and I read coverage well, and if something breaks down I can move my feet and be able to throw the ball and make a play," he said.

Of course, like any quarterback he loves to compete and when asked what he likes most about the quarterback position he didn't hesitate to answer with "the pressure."

"All eyes are on you and you have to make the plays," he said. "You have the ball so you have to make things happen."

In his first camp of the summer Barrett made things happen, as he was able to work with and get to know Texas co-offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin.

"Coach Harsin - I like him a lot," Barrett said. "He's a real down to earth and cool good person to talk to and get along with. I felt real comfortable around him. He was just real cool to be around."

Before he left, he also received some positive feedback from the Texas staff.

"They mostly told me what to work on and I got some accuracy drills and I'll work dropping back under center because in college you get under center and I'm mostly in a spread."

He also talked to his area recruiter, Texas wide receiver coach Darrell Wyatt, who came by to watch him practice in the spring.

"It's the same thing as with coach Harsin, he's laid back. He makes you feel comfortable," Barrett said. "We talked about Texas and then even with coach Harsin he was telling me about the recruiting process and he wasn't just telling me about Texas the whole time. He said you need to look around and whatever fits best academic-wise and football that's what college you want to go with. There were other things but we weren't just talking about Texas. It was just nice."

Overall, he left feeling good about his performance and the entire experience he had at Texas.

"You get the feeling of playing at a Big 12 school," he said. "You saw the competition. There were some good players out there quarterback-wise. You got the full experience up front. This is the way it is. Take it or leave it."

Along with Texas, Barrett has received interest from the likes of Baylor, Iowa St., Oklahoma St., and Clemson. In addition to the Texas camp he mentioned possibly camping at TCU and Texas A&M this summer.

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