HAVELOCK - You would probably be hard pressed to find someone who had a better weekend than Havelock senior football player Khalil Barrett.

After rushing for 170 yards in the Rams' 61-23 win over West Carteret Friday night, Barrett verbally committed to play in college for Coastal Carolina on Saturday.

The 6-foot-1, 197-pound senior chose the Chanticleers over ECU, Western Carolina and Navy.

"It just felt like home, the environment, the football team showed me love already, it just seems like a great place to be at," Barrett said of Coastal.

Barrett's first season at Coastal Carolina will be the program's first as a full FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) program.

Coastal is already part of the Sun Belt Conference and is playing Sun Belt games this season but is not eligible for bowls (postseason) until next year.

Barrett said he just really like the smaller school feel Coastal gave him.

"I feel like I can show out and prove what I can do on the field when I first get there," he said.

While Barrett can play either side of the football, he has been most utilized this season at Havelock on offense.

In seven games, Barrett has rushed for 512 yards with five touchdowns and caught for 293 more and six touchdowns.

However, according to what the Chanticleer coaches have in mind for Barrett, he may be getting his last taste of offense as his high school career winds down.

Barrett said the coaches want him to play either defensive back or middle linebacker in college.

"I know I'm going to miss it," Barrett said with a smile on playing offense.

Barrett said the mood of the campus and its proximity to the beach also helped its cause with him.

"It's just a real chill spot you know being close to the beach and the school is close to things to do," he said.

Barrett knows his football tradition as well, saying he was aware of current NFL players Mike Tolbert and Josh Norman being CCU alums.

He also mentioned what it was that Coastal had for him that he felt others recruiting him did not.

"I feel like Coastal just gives me the best chance to succeed, like it's the best place for me."


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