J.T. Barrett

  • Pos QB
  • Height 6-2
  • Weight 220

Prospect Info

  • High School Rider
  • City Wichita Falls, TX
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H.S. Scouting Report

H.S. Athletic Background

First-team All-Big Ten selection in 2014 and third team AP All-American after redshirting in 2013... Saw his season come to an end in November of 2014 with a broken ankle... Set a Big Ten and Ohio State record in 2014 with 45 total touchdowns and a school record for total offense in a season... Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl selection... Missed a portion of his high school senior season due to a knee injury... "J.T." stands for Joe Thomas.

National Analyst Gerry Hamilton's thought after watching Barrett September 2.

Thoughts on Barrett:

Body type and size: He is a legit 6-2 and 205-pounds. Quicker than fast. Moves with a powerful quickness about him. Showed some lateral ability in space on the move. Not great, but definitely good enough. Very strong lower body and body overall. The first tackle has very little chance to take him down unless it's a kill shot. Because he is strong and has reactionary quickness, he is tough to get a free shot on and also tough to take down on first contact. Will be 6-2/6-2.5, 215-220 in time IMO.

As a QB: A true dual-threat QB prospect. A program can design QB run game with him. He has very good, quick and reactive feet. He has "basketball" player feet and quickness. From people I spoke with, Barrett didn't stay "on top" of the ball as a sophomore, but has greatly improved here as a junior. Everything he did, from footwork, to weight transfer to arm motion was fluid and impressive. He has a fast arm too. He also has the foot quickness to see something and react with the body to make an accurate throw. He's especially impressive in the screen game, whether it be quick WR screen game or RB screen game. The ability to look one way and quickly come back the other and get the ball out quick is impressive. I like the way the ball comes out of his hand. He can change speeds and throws a catchable ball. His two best throws were a corner route and 3rd and 9 slant backed up inside the Rider 20 in the fourth quarter when ROHO had to have a first. It was a quick release throw on the money for a big 14-yard gain.

Intangibles: This is where I really love this kid. He's a tough, tough kid that is a leader with a good/strong personality and a guy others will respond to and play for. When you talk with him, he gets "it". Smart kid, understands the game and not what he needs to do to improve, but how to get there. Tough, leader and winner.

Barrett continued to be one of the top quarterbacks in Texas this season (2011). In 14 games as a junior (Rider finished 10-4 losing in the 4A Region I final), the two-sport North Texas star completed 102 of 171 passes (59.7%) for 1,605 yards and 14 touchdowns against seven interceptions, along with rushing for 1,521 yards and nine touchdowns on 218 carries.

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