September 24, 2008

Barrent talks about Spartan experience

One of the biggest commitments to Michigan State both literally and figuratively is offensive tackle David Barrent of Valley High School in West Des Moines, Iowa. This past weekend the 6-foot-8, 295-pound prospect was in East Lansing checking out the Spartans victory over the Irish. SpartanMag.com caught up with him and has the details.

Barrent is the third highest rated Spartan commitment to the class of 2009. Rivals.com rates him as a 4-star recruit, the #1 player in Iowa, the #7 offensive tackle and the #116 prospect in the country overall. He is also considered the #2 pass blocker in the nation due to his quick feet and impressive wing-span.

Barrent attended the Rivals.com and Michigan State junior day in East Lansing back in March. At the Rivals 5-star Academy he measured in at 6-foot-7.5, 290-pounds. Spartanmag.ocm asked him if this visit to Michigan State was his first time seeing a football game at Spartan Stadium.

"Yes, that was my first time there for a game, it was an amazing experience," Barrent said. "It was a good win for us. I was able to go on the field before warm-ups and that was a lot of fun. I also got a chance to speak with Coach Dantonio then too."

Was this the first time you have been in East Lansing since you made your commitment to Michigan State back in July?

"No, I was up in early August for a day of practice," he said. "It was good to get back up there again and see some of the people I had met before. It was able to see players like Micajah Reynolds, Andrew Maxwell and Nate Klatt."

As many know Barrent was at one point a commitment to the Iowa Hawkeyes, but he decided to switch his commitment to Michigan State this summer. The switch certainly was a welcome surprise for Michigan State Offensive Line Coach Dan Roushar.

"Coach Roushar is a really good coach and I am looking forward to playing for him and for Coach Dantonio," Barrent informed SpartaMag.com.

So what were some of the things you were able to do while on campus this weekend?
"I was able to talk with some of the recruits and players. We were able to go into the locker room after the game. I spoke with Joel Nitchman last time so it was good to see him again. I spoke with players like Ethan Ruhland, Kirk Cousins and John Deyo. I also talked with some of the recruits that are coming in this year like Larry Caper, Edwin Baker and Chris Norman."

The fact that the Spartans are putting together such a solid recruiting class for 2009 is one of the positive factors that helped make Barren's decision to attend Michigan State an easy one.

"I think the program is on an upswing and I think that our recruiting class will help continue that," he said.

Barrent traveled to East Lansing with his parents after his team's victory over Newton Highs School Friday Night. SpartanMag.com asked him what they thought
about the weekend?

"They really enjoyed it, he said. "I know they liked meeting the other players, recruits and their parents."

As far as an official visit, Barrent indicated that it will likely be sometime in December after he has finished up his senior year. Valley High School is currently undefeated ranked #1 in Iowa Class 4A. Barrent also said that as of right now he believes the Spartans see him as playing the same position he plays in highs school, left tackle. If that is the case he should have an excellent chance to step in and possibly be a 4-year starter upon the graduation of Rocco Cironni.

Look for more on Barrent in an upcoming issue of Spartan Magazine.

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