HAVELOCK - Khalil Barrett has been a prospect for quite some time now playing football for Havelock High School.

It's just that now, before he begins his senior season, colleges are starting to take notice.

After not having any offers at the end of his junior season, Barrett has picked up ones from East Carolina, Campbell, Navy, Western Carolina and Coastal Carolina.

He took an unofficial visit to ECU on June 11th after being offered June 9th.

While he's in no hurry to make a final decision and wants to see how his senior year plays out, Barrett also knows it is nice to have options.

"I just think a lot of schools saw me at camps and they saw what I can do well and how versatile I am," Barrett said.

He plays wide receiver and defensive back at Havelock at 6-foot-1, 190 pounds, but can play other positions too.

Versatility is a word that Barrett's coach Caleb King says is a perfect description of his wide receiver's talent.

"He can just do so much on the field at multiple positions," King said.

"I think he can play four or five positions and colleges love that about a kid."

In 2016, as a junior, Barrett caught 42 passes for 598 yards and five touchdowns.

King already raves about Barrett's intangibles as well.

"His work ethic is incredible and he has unbelievable character," King said.

"He has been running well this year, around 4.4 (40-yard dash) and he's put on about 15 pounds."

Barrett's approach to what he wants to see in his college suitors is of the late Al Davis mentality "just win."

"I want to be a part of a winning surrounding, with that type of mindset on the team," Barrett said.


Jordan Honeycutt can be reached at 252-635-5670 or at jordan.honeycutt@newbernsj.com