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Sunday, April 14, 2013
Barrett gets to know new OU coach

By Bob Przybylo

Oklahoma has never been in a bad spot with ESPN Watch List offensive tackle Ty Barrett (Dallas/Skyline).

Former offensive line coach James Patton was the first coach to start pursuing him. Barrett visited OU last season, and he was offered at OU’s junior day in February.

Patton and former offensive line coach Bruce Kittle, who was also recruiting Barrett and made the offer to him, are gone, and first-year O-line coach Bill Bedenbaugh is the man in charge. Barrett and Bedenbaugh are in constant communication, but Saturday marked the first time Barrett got to meet his potential future coach.

“It was real good,” Barrett said. “We clicked immediately. He got to talk to my parents and everything was real comfortable. It was a real fun time.”

The Sooners haven't yet offered Barrett, but Bedenbaugh did offer the offensive tackle when the coach was at West Virginia.

Barrett said he had a great time on his visit, but he’s still going to let the recruiting process play out. His next trip is next weekend, to Oklahoma State.

It’s clear, though, that the Sooners left another solid impression -- especially Bedenbaugh.

“He coaches a lot like my high school coach,” Barrett said. “He’s real laid back, but he’s not afraid to get after it, either.”

When it comes to OU, one word comes to mind for Barrett.

“Family,” he said. “It’s a family atmosphere. Every time I go there I feel like I’m part of a family. There isn’t a day where Coach Bedenbaugh and Coach [Jay] Boulware don’t send me a message.”

Barrett said the OSU visit will be his final one of the spring. After that he’s going to focus on spring football for Dallas Skyline. He wouldn’t rule out making a decision after his spring season is complete but said a lot of things can change.

OU commit Vontre McQuinnie (Lancaster, Texas/Lancaster) is ready for Barrett to pledge to the Sooners now.

“Vontre has been one of my best friends for a long time,” Barrett said. “I talked to him the entire day and all I heard was about when am I going to commit. He was telling me to stop playing with his emotions and get it over with.”

Barrett also has offers from Baylor, TCU and Texas Tech, among several others.