Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Barrett gets offer trifecta, set to visit TTU
By Damon Sayles
ESPN Watch List offensive tackle Ty Barrett (Dallas/Skyline) still remembers his first offer coming from West Virginia. He’s now up to 13 offers -- including three on Wednesday evening, with two of the three coming in a 20-minute span -- and he’s preparing for a big junior day this weekend.
Barrett picked up offers from Oklahoma State, Duke and Arizona State on Wednesday. Oklahoma State -- his sixth Big 12 Conference offer -- came first. Shortly after, the Blue Devils extended an offer. Later on, Arizona State entered the picture.
A 6-foot-5, 308-pound tackle, Barrett has been in contact with Oklahoma State offensive line coach Joe Wickline. Additionally, Skyline teammate and ESPN 300 receiver Ra’Shaad Samples just signed with the Cowboys and has been talking the program up to Barrett.
“When I talked with Coach Wickline, he was very energetic. Telling me everything really had me excited,” Barrett said. “He was telling me how excited he was with the program.
Minutes after Oklahoma State, Barrett was then offered by Duke, which has offensive line coach John Latina. Barrett said he’s been in contact mostly with graduate assistant coach Jeffrey Faris.
“With Duke, they have great coaches and tradition,” Barrett said. “The academics are great there.”
Offer No. 3 for Wednesday came from a familiar face in Arizona State coach Chris Thomsen. Now the running backs coach for the Sun Devils, Thomsen was watching Barrett when he was at Texas Tech.
"[Thomsen] told me a little bit about them. He said it’s a great program there,” Barrett said. “He’s actually the coach who originally offered me at [Texas] Tech, so he’s been watching me for a while.
“This whole day is just crazy, man. I’m really blessed.”
Barrett is excited about his offers, but his focus is on Saturday, as he’s preparing for a junior day at Texas Tech. He’s been keeping an eye on what new coach Kliff Kingsbury and the Texas Tech staff are doing for the future, and he’s looking forward to seeing what Lubbock, Texas, has to offer.
“I’ve heard a lot about it. Some people told me in Lubbock, there’s nothing to do, but I’ve also heard good stuff about Lubbock,” he said. “I have a friend [Malik Jenkins] who’s going to Tech, and he was telling me his stories about his official [visit]. I’m just ready to see what Lubbock is about. I’m ready to take it all in with my own eyes.”