Not only is 2016 receiver Nate Craig-Myers a big name on Tampa Catholic High School’s team but 2017 athlete Devan Barrett (6-1, 195, Tampa, FL Catholic) is also a name on the Florida Gators recruiting board.
Barrett and Tampa Catholic didn’t have a great opening game on Friday night but the 2017 athlete knows what has to be fixed in order to start winning.
“We just came out flat, we definitely have to pick up the offense,” Barrett said. “Our defense is there but we have to pick up our offense. The plays were there but we just have to pick it up next.”
One thing that was noticed on the field was that Barrett had on Gators gloves, which should give out a positive sign for Florida Gators recruiting fans.
“Those are favorite gloves,” he said of why he wore the Gators gloves on Friday. “My friend Nate [Craig-Myers] let me borrow them and I wanted to wear them this game. Maybe I will wear them next game too.”
Florida Gators defensive line coach Chris Rumph is a big name in the Tampa area and he’s the lead recruiter for Barrett.
“Coach Rumph is the one recruiting me from Florida and he’s the one that offered me when he came out during the spring,” Barrett said. “I’m always looking forward to talking to him and getting in touch with him.”
Barrett, like most high school athletes, plays both sides of the ball and he’s undecided on where he wants to play in college.
“I want to play both sides of the ball so that’s why I wanted to be recruited as an athlete,” Barrett said. “I know that Coach Rumph says that Florida likes me at running back and defensive back. I’m planning on talking to them more about that.”
During this fall look for Barrett to be a frequent visitor to Gainesville as he plans to take in some Florida Gators games this fall.
“I definitely plan on visiting Florida on some Saturday’s this fall,” he said of possible visits. “I’m not making any kind of decision on committing until after my junior year is over.”
INSIDERS TAKE: Barrett grew up a Florida Gators fan, plus he’s very good friends with a lot of other Tampa prospects that likes Florida so getting him in the class early would be a huge plus for the Gators. Barrett will most likely end up on at running back in college but he does have the ability to play on defense.