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St. Charles East’s 2020 OL Dylan Barrett talked his offseason work with Proforce training, FBS schools showing early interest and I also got East’s Head Coach Bryce Farquhar’s thoughts on Barrett.
St. Charles East
St. Charles, IL
Commitment status: Undecided
Wt: 280 lbs
LPI: Tell me about what you’ve been doing to take your game to the next level. Also, do you play any other sports in the offseason?
DB: I have been doing a lot to step up my game. Going into my freshman season, I was 6’4″ 225lbs. I started in 4 games that year on varsity including our first playoff game. After, that season I realized that I had an opportunity to start my sophomore season. So, for that to happen I needed to get bigger. I put a lot of my trust in our weight lifting program and also going on a protein based diet to gain weight. So, I hit the weight room super hard during that off season and at the start of this season I was 6’5″ 275lbs. Along with that I needed to keep up my footwork and so I went to a local training place called Proforce and they are great. I went to team sessions on Tuesday and Thursday nights and then in the summer before my sophomore season I did private sessions to get my footwork faster and more efficient along with my hands. That helped a ton and I could totally tell a difference in this past season compared to my freshman season. I intend on just keep working hard and staying motivated so I can see another good increase this upcoming season. And I always have to keep my mind right. My drive is to be the best. Wherever I am I do my best in the weight room, in practice, or in a game I will never give up until the end. I have a strong work ethic and will not stop working until what I need to get accomplished is done. Yes, I throw shot put and discus for track as well.
LPI: What are your greatest strengths on the field and do you consider yourself a leader?
DB: My strengths on the field are my ability to communicate and know the play, where it is going to, who has the ball, and what footwork I need to incorporate on this play to make it the most successful it can be. I work well with my teammates whether it’s showing them this or even asking a question myself. I also have learned in the off season how to finish off blocks with pancakes or blocking the opposing player in the right direction so the ball carrier can run where he needs to and get a gain of yards. And I’m very coachable so if there is a change that needs to be made I can alter how I do something to make things work and be successful. I consider myself as a leader because I help my teammates with whatever comes up and I’m responsible not only with what I do but my teammates on all levels. If someone is dong a lift wrong or has a question on a play I’m there to help and show them the right as best as I can.
LPI: You don’t have any offers at the moment. What schools have shown serious interest in you or may be close to offering?
DB: The schools who have shown the most interest as of right now have been Western Michigan University and Miami University in Ohio. I have camped at both schools over the summer and also have kept in touch with them since.
LPI: Do you have any planned visits set? If so, where at?
DB: I don’t have any visits set right now, but I do plan on attending Western Michigan and Miami’s junior days in the future.
LPI: Who are some of your teammates or training partners that you believe can play at the next level, but have gone overlooked by college coaches?
DB: The first two that pop in my mind are Justin Jett (RB/FB) and Justin Hull (Oline/Dline). They both are class of 2019.
Justin Jett – Is also one of the best teammates and hardest runners. He is very talented but his work ethic is great. He won’t give up on a last rep even if he fails at it 100 times. He is a great example in the weight room and on the field. His drive is unstoppable. If he has his mind set on something he won’t let anything get into his way.
Justin Hull – Plays tackle right next to me and we have a great bond and work very well together. He has a great work ethic and the two of us keep each other accountable in case on of us miss something or didn’t do something right we help each other our right away. Plus, he is someone who will never give up on anything. His footwork is great along with his hands.
St. Charles East’s Head Coach Bryce Farquhar on Barrett on and off the field
“Dylan is a very determined young man. He has a competitive mindset where he wants to be the best at what he does. Dylan is a very goal driven person and has always had high expectations of himself and his teammates. He has already played two years on Varsity and we see his height and weight putting him as a top level recruit. I would encourage anyone to watch his film and compare it to any lineman in the state.”