JENKS — As his senior year of high school approaches, Jenks running back Trey'Vonne Barr'e stands 5 feet, 9 inches, just about the same height he was after a big growth spurt in seventh grade.
He has added some weight since then, now over 170 pounds with hopes of being 180 before the season ends, but what he can't offer in size, he makes up for in toughness.
“I try to show college coaches my aggressiveness,” he said. “I've always played football, and I played rugby for a while too, and size has never been an issue.”
His size hasn't kept colleges away. Though Barr'e is still waiting on his first Division I offer, he has plenty of interest, with schools like Arkansas, Oklahoma State, Arizona and Nebraska contacting him.
Barr'e made his name at running back last season, filling in when Alex Ross, now a freshman at Oklahoma, was sidelined by injuries. A quick, elusive runner, Barr'e finished the year with 1,927 yards and 21 touchdowns on 213 attempts, averaging 9.0 yards per carry.
But Barr'e says he isn't restricting himself to only running back in the future.
“Right now, the plan is for me to play cornerback this year, too,” he said. “I think some colleges are recruiting me as an athlete, but the problem is, I don't have any film at corner. But I know how to play there. I played it a lot when I was younger.
“I like offense, but I love defense. I don't care where I'm playing, though, as long as I'm playing football and having fun.”
Barr'e knows that one of the big hits against him has been his grades. He missed time as a sophomore because he was ineligible. But he says he has those issues behind him now.
“That was a problem my freshman and sophomore years, but my junior year, I made all A's and B's,” he said. “I'm in summer school right now working on my GPA. I'm trying really hard to improve.
“I wasn't applying myself in the classroom as hard as I should have been. But I definitely take pride in working hard in there now.”
The Oklahoman's Super 30
The Oklahoman's Super 30 feature series on the state's top football recruits continues with No. 21, Jenks running back Trey'Vonne Barr'e. Here are the last three players we've written about in the series:
No. 24: Jordan Evans, Norman North
No. 23: Cameron Wrenn, Broken Arrow
No. 22: Kerwin Thomas, Wagoner
No. 21: Trey'Vonne Barr'e
Position: Running back
Offers: No Division I offers yet, but interest from a wide range of schools, including Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Nebraska, Arizona, Arizona State and Arkansas State.