The Tumwater football team is loaded with talented senior class. One standout, at least on the defensive side of the ball, is LB Addison Barrett and he spoke with Northwest Elite Index recently to update us on his offseason as well as what makes him such a sure-tackler.
“I read the ball really well and I have more speed than a lot of middle linebackers, so that helps me out a lot too,” Barrett told NEI recently. “I’m quick and I read things pretty well and when I get there, I’m able to make the play or help my teammates make the play.”
As a junior this past season, Barrett racked up a team-leading 160 tackles to go along with 12 tackles-for-loss, four sacks, two forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries while helping his team to a 13-1 record and a berth in the 2A State Championship game last season.
“Last season was a blast. We had a great time and we really came together as a team,” Barrett said. “We need to get over that hump this next season and I think our guys are focused on that goal of getting back there and getting that championship.”
At just 5’11” and weighing in at just under 190 pounds, Barrett isn’t cut out to play linebacker at the next level, but with his speed, quickness and the ability to change direction with relative ease, he should be able to make the move to safety and he relishes the challenges ahead.
“I don’t care where I play, I just want to play,” Barrett said. “I like to get out and compete and I have good football instincts, so I think I can play almost anywhere a coaching staff wants me to play.”
As far as schools of interest and offers, things have been a bit tepid, but he has heard from an Ivy League school and plans to take in several camps this winter, spring and summer.
“Cornell has been talking to me and I’ve been getting letters and stuff from some D-3 programs,” Barrett said. “I’m doing the Barton Showcase on March 1st and I’ll probably do some other workouts at the Barton camps and then I’ll go to the Eastern Washington camp with my teammates and probably hit the Oregon Nike Camp too.”
Barrett is a player with a lot of ability and is someone who just likes to get out on the field and compete. He’s a very good student and should see his stock rise with a good few months on the camp circuit.