Trotter played at Briarwood Christian in Birmingham and threw for 7,968 passing yards, 88 touchdowns and 23 interceptions during his high school career.
This was in the 6A division of Alabama high school football.
For those not familiar, Alabama High School Football is the fiercest competitive football ecosystem in the country, rivaled only by Texas. It’s a way of life in Alabama and Friday Night Lights could easily be set in the Heart of Dixie.
6A is the top of the system in Alabama, configured by the biggest schools, the best talent and competitive recruiting from the biggest college programs in the country. Some of the Alabama 6A high school football programs could give college teams a real run for their money.
Barrett Trotter excelled at this level. His passing and touchdowns are still school records at Briarwood and his 88 touchdowns rank as third in all-time Alabama State High School history.
He completed 63 percent of his passes, led his 2007 team to the state semi-finals rushing for 610 yards on 104 attempts and six touchdowns during his senior season. He was named All-State 6A first-team quarterback, ASWA Super 12, Birmingham News Metro Player of the Year, ScoutSouth.com Star of Alabama, Mr. Football 5A Back of the Year and finalist for Mr. Football. This kid was destined for greatness.
Committing to Auburn, Trotter was redshirted in 2008, but he took the lessons learned from the quarterback duels of Kobi Burns and Chris Todd.
Looking back, being redshirted is a situation to be coveted, and not a slap-in-the-face. The coaches believe in you, it’s just not this year son. It gives a player the chance to learn more and gives them one more year to play the game. The impatience of youth sometimes doesn’t realize the redshirt opportunity, but Trotter seemed to take the mature route with lessons to be learned waiting for the day to bring his talents to bear for the Tigers.
In 2009, Trotter was named to the SEC Academic honor roll, but had to sit out the season due to injury. Given the former, this kid wasn’t resting on his football laurels he earned in high school; he was making something of the opportunity outside of the game. That attitude makes him a winner and don’t think it went unnoticed.
In 2010, he was behind probably the best college quarterback to play the game in Cam Newton. Did he learn some things? You bet he did and with a good head around it too. When asked if he could fill Cam’s shoes, Barrett responded, “he didn’t leave shoes, he left skis.”
So, 2011 is Barrett Trotter’s time. Gus Malzahn and Gene Chizik recognize this and given his attitude, talent and maturity, this guy is ready to make his mark on the game for Auburn. He is a different quarterback than Cam Newton, but has plenty of supporting offense with Michael Dyer, Onterio McCalebb, freshman Tre Mason, Philip Lutzenkirchen and Emory Blake. This should provide Trotter with plenty of team support and it will be exciting to watch him resurrect his high school glory.