Introducing Willie Barrett

Introducing Willie Barrett

Although he's been flying under the radar so far, Valdosta, Ga. native Willie Barrett is starting to turn some heads. With a Summer camp schedule starting to fill up and the potential for a big senior season, he's likely not going to stay there for long, though.

Willie Barrett Profile

Measuring up at 6-3 and 295 pounds, Valdosta, Ga. native Willie Barrett certainly looks the part of a Division 1 prospect. The list of schools starting to reach out to him pleads that case, too. In recent weeks, he's spoken with coaches from all over the Southeast and more seem to be reaching out every day.

"Just about the whole SEC and ACC," Barrett laughs when asked who he's hearing from so far. "I'm hearing from a lot of schools, but I'm mostly hearing from Georgia, Georgia Tech and Nebraska."

As it stands currently, he only has one verbal offer from South Alabama, but feels that Louisville might be close to offering. Assuming he puts together a few strong performances on the Summer showcase circuit, that number is sure to climb.

"Besides our offensive line camp every year at school, I'm going to Coach Hodges camp in Georgia," says Barrett. "I'm getting invited to a lot of camps right now, so I have to figure that out. But I know I plan on going to Atlanta with Chad Simmons and doing a Nike Camp."

Currently playing in a West Coast offense, Barrett is already adept at zone blocking. Coaches from several programs have told him they'd like to see him pull more prior to offering, but he doesn't think that's going to be a problem thanks to his involvement in another sport.

"I've got great feet because I play basketball, too," he says, adding that he's confident in his ability to show college coaches what they want to see. "I've got great speed and great foot work, so I don't think that's going to be a problem."

For now, Barrett is just planning on taking it easy when it comes to recruiting. He maintains that he's looking for a school with a great program, great academics and an environment he feels comfortable in immediately. Ideally, he hopes to have his selection by this December.

As far as Middle Tennessee is concerned, the Blue Raiders seem to be in a good position at this stage of the game. Barrett had this to say about Rick Stockstill's squad:

"I think it's a great program. I told the coach, ‘To be honest with you, I always liked Middle Tennessee.' I had a cousin being recruited by MT and I went to the campus and I loved it. That was one of those campuses that stood out to me and I could really see myself playing there. The players got to show me around and everything and they made me feel like a part of the team when I wasn't even being recruited by them."

Stay tuned to BlueRaiderZone.com for more on Willie throughout the rest of the season.

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