Via his Twitter GA Athlete Michael Barrett to make college decision tonight at 8:30

Submitted by JimmyFresh on January 23rd, 2018 at 11:22 AM

I believe it is down to Nebraska, GA Tech, and Michigan.  Seems like an intriguing prospect, but I think he wants to play QB in college....not sure the UM staff wanted him as QB.  

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DrMantisToboggan

January 23rd, 2018 at 11:25 AM ^

Think he's a better fit for Johnson's offense than he is for Frost's. I think he's a great RB prospect who could give us a credible passer in a wildcat look as well, but if he must be a QB then we just aren't his best option. Good luck to the kid wherever he chooses.

The Fan in Fargo

January 23rd, 2018 at 12:46 PM ^

Sad thing is, Peppers could throw well enough I thought 15 to 20 yards down the field. I could never see how many options he would have from the view on my couch when he ran outside however. I would've gave him two options every time and let him wing it a couple times in those big games. Too conservative Drevno. Wish they could've ran some of that stuff like they did with Denard also when he would take the shotgun snap and then run a few steps ahead and then drill a wide-out streaking over the middle while the defenders stepped up on the run.

lhglrkwg

January 23rd, 2018 at 12:05 PM ^

all year we waited...waited...waited...for that trick play to come out of the bag. Then it turns out there was no trick play. I can still barely believe a mind like Harbaugh (and his staff) thought that the PepCat package was good

lhglrkwg

January 23rd, 2018 at 12:31 PM ^

Even having him pull up to throw (even it it's an intentional overthrow or something) keeps the safeties back for a bit. It was just as creative as when Denard came into games after he got injured. You might as well hold up a sign that says HEY. THIS IS A RUN PLAY.

DrMantisToboggan

January 23rd, 2018 at 11:48 AM ^

Well the hope with Barrett would be that his throwing ability would open up more plays in the wildcat. Peppers wasn't a credible threat to throw. The wildcat only works when there's a threat of the QB doing something other than running (handing off a jet sweep, running an option, throwing). The reason we haven't run the wildcat successfully is because we aren't adding that secondary element (we had a couple read options for Peppers but I don't actually remember him giving the ball, whether that was the correct read or not).

Ziff72

January 23rd, 2018 at 1:01 PM ^

 I know fans like to dream and come up with creative uses for players, but can you come up with one team that consistently uses a change up wildcat package where the player throws the ball?   

Over the last 10 or so years it has become a thing I cant really think of any.

Most teams do the same thing.  Have a RB take the hand off with a fly sweep action as window dressing and the rb runs it.  Barkley got a throw in this year but I believe he only had 1 throw out of the package.

I am one who actually likes the creativity,  but in practice nobody does it so it's harder for me to blame the coaches for not doing it.   I'm still waiting on the Zach Gentry package!!

If Barrett is coming the most likely scenario is he becomes a running back who possibly has 1 throw his entire career.

jalenwestman

January 23rd, 2018 at 1:46 PM ^

Looks like we are only keeping 2-3 5th year guys. I like Barrett as a prospect, but this is not good news for Offensive targets we have left or Doyle is not in the class this year. If we get Anderson that would be insane. Means Harbaugh will have fixed every hole with have with a grad transfer starter (QB, Safety, LT). Would be an awesome job out of Harbaugh all things given.

The Fan in Fargo

January 23rd, 2018 at 12:52 PM ^

I cant believe you guys. You let a kid like this on the team. He is like a Michael Vick. You let him try and compete at quarterback and if it doesn't work out you put him at receiver or third down back. This kid is a stud. You don't pass speed like this up. His jukes are wicked. Thought you were brighter Mags!

Expert In Bird Law

January 23rd, 2018 at 12:24 PM ^

This seems like a sudden annoucement from Barrett, makes me think we know we arnt getting one of the OT and told him he is now a take so he is committing right away.

Wonder which OT we know is out