Top Target: Brandon Barrett

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Martinsburg (WV) star Brandon Barrett is an explosive threat from the wide receiver position and maybe one of the top players to come out of West Virginia in recent years. As a junior, Barrett made 71 receptions for 1,350 yards and scored 26 touchdowns.

Through three games of the 2003 season, he had around 20 catches for over 300 yards and four touchdowns. In addition, he had two punt returns for touchdowns. His big play ability has not only helped his team be successful, but it has helped him earn nine scholarship offers to date.

“Brandon just has that ability to make big plays,” said Martinsburg Head Coach David Walker. “Brandon is 6-1 ½, 185 pounds, and he runs a 4.4 in the 40. He was timed at 4.4 in both the Penn State Nike Camp and the Ohio State summer camp. He does things that are hard to coach.”

A talented cornerback as well, Barrett recorded 13 interceptions last season and returned five for touchdowns. Walker says “I usually put him on the team’s best receiver, and we do very well. He takes up one side of the field.”

Ohio State, Penn State, Virginia, West Virginia, Marshall, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Duke, and Georgia Tech have offered. Coach Walker indicates that all of these schools are looking at Barrett as a wide receiver prospect.

Hoping to decide after his senior season, Barrett likes three schools in particular at this point.

“His top three are probably Ohio State, Virginia, and West Virginia,” said Walker. “He’ll decide after his senior season, and I don’t think it will take long. He hasn’t set any official visits, but he went to the West Virginia, Wisconsin game at West Virginia and has been invited to the Wake Forest at Virginia game. I’m not sure if he’ll make that one.”

Corwin Brown is Virginia’s primary recruiter here, and Walker says “Brandon really likes him.” A two-sport athlete, Barrett excels in basketball and played on the AAU circuit this summer. He is on track to qualify academically.

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