March 20, 2012
Star QB set for visit
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The quarterback position is a huge need for Ohio State in the 2013 class and the Buckeyes are in on several of the nation's top signal callers. Four-star Wichita Falls (Tex.) Rider product J.T. Barrett is among the top targets at the position for the Buckeyes and athletic dual-threat prospect is all set to make a two-day unofficial visit to Columbus starting on March 26th.
"Yes sir," said Barrett, confirming that the visit is still on. "I'm looking forward to actually getting up there and seeing the people. The only coach that I've really met is coach (Tom) Herman so I'm looking forward to putting names to faces and seeing what the town is like. I also want to look at the academics and I'm really excited about seeing the stadium."
Barrett will get plenty of time to interact with the Ohio State coaches during his two-day trip and he says that he has been keeping in regular contact with several members of the staff.
"I talk to coach Herman probably twice a week," he explained. "I also talk to coach (Mark) Pantoni all of the time on facebook and I also talk to coach (Urban) Meyer about once a week."
At this point, Barrett holds approximately 10 verbal offers but hasn't eliminated any schools from contention. That process will likely start in the very near future.
"When I come back from Ohio I'll take a better look at what I want and then I'll start narrowing it down from there," he said. "I'm going to be done (with recruiting) before my senior season starts."
As Barrett closes in on a decision, he says relationships will be the biggest factor in where he plays his college ball.
"You're going to get the nice facilities and the nice weight room but really it's the people, that's what I'm looking for is what type of people they have around there," he explained. "The head coach, the offensive coordinator, I'm talking about the players, just the people that I'm going to be around for the next 3-4 years of my life. Really, they're probably going to be around for the rest of my life so I want to know about the people, are they real or are they fake and that's what I'm trying to find out because that's the only thing that's going to last. At first it's flashy and everything but pretty soon that stuff fades."
Ohio State and Baylor are two of the schools that routinely come up in Barrett's recruitment and both have had success producing dual-threat quarterbacks over the last few years. While Barrett appreciates what those players have accomplished, he also says he doesn't really factor that type of stuff into his decision making process.
"I don't really (look at that)," he said. "Wherever I go, I'm trying to make my own name. I'm trying to get my name out there by working and proving myself on the field. Wherever I go I want to make it to where when people are talking to recruits, they are talking about me."
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