With the decommitment last month by Cordarrion Richardson of Memphis, Clemson suddenly was left with a running back in the 2017 class. Richardson said he’s still talking with the Tigers and hasn’t dropped them from consideration, but Clemson is moving on to other possible targets in Devan Barrett of Tampa and Travis Etienne Jr. of Jennings, LA.
Barrett currently is committed to Auburn but is still looking at other options, and one of those could be Clemson in the weeks ahead. He has already taken his official visit to Auburn.
“I’m not sure about a visit at this point, that’s something he’s still working out,” said Barrett’s coach Mike Gregory. ” He’s not taking a visit this weekend anywhere. I believe he’s going to Auburn (unofficially) next weekend. I’m not sure what he’s doing with that last weekend. I’ve heard some rumors about Notre Dame, possibly Indiana and a few other places. I’m not sure how that’s going to work with a visit. He’s definitely interested. They came back kind of late in the game right before Christmas.”
No coaches were in this week to see Barrett but Clemson recruiter Tony Elliott was by to visit with Barrett just before the dead period.
Gregory said Barrett’s commitment to Auburn right now appears to be pretty strong.
“I think some of the late attempts by a couple of schools have him considering a little bit,” Gregory said. “He made that commitment with the understanding that he was going to make sure he was making the right decision but it’s pretty solid.”
Clemson is losing all time leading rusher Wayne Gallman and Gregory said Barrett would give the Tigers a similar type of running back.
“All along they’ve liked the fact that he’s explosive, like his vision and his ability to run between the tackles but still have speed in the open field,” he said. “I think he does remind them a lot of Gallman. Same build, same running style, all that.”
This season Barrett rushed for 1271 yards and 11 touchdowns. As a junior, playing in four more games, he rushed for 1891 yards and 21 touchdowns.
Etienne is a former Texas A&M commitment who rushed for 2952 yards and 43 touchdowns this season. He is scheduled for official visits to Tennessee, Texas A&M and LSU the next three weekends.