LAGRANGE, Georgia — Gus Malzahn is not concerned about published reports questioning whether incoming quarterback Woody Barrett will meet NCAA academic requirements to enroll at Auburn.
In fact, he’s expecting the four-star, dual-threat athlete on Auburn’s campus soon.
“We’re hoping at the end of this month,” Malzahn said Wednesday outside a Tiger Trek booster club event. “We’re hoping that those freshmen, they’re all in line right now to be at the end of this month and get a full summer under the belt, the working out and everything that goes with that. We’ve had very good success the last three years with guys being eligible and we think we’re in a good spot right now to have everybody with us. That’s a big advantage when you can have your freshmen there.”
When asked specifically again about Barrett’s testing scores, Malzahn said: “I feel good about where he’s at overall, as far as that goes.”
Barrett had yet to meet SAT requirements in January to be granted admission into Auburn University, according to an Orlando Sentinel report. Barrett and West Orange High coach Bob Head would not discuss Barrett’s academic status during a visit with SEC Country in Winter Garden, Florida in April, though the quarterback was actively seeking academic counseling at the time.
“Yes, Woody is gonna make it and we all feel good about it on both sides,” Head told SEC Country Thursday. “Waiting on his SAT score to return and put this behind us, but he is working hard and plans to be at Auburn in a month.”
“Coach Malzahn said juco is not an option for Woody,” Head told the Orlando Sentinel in January. “His core GPA is over a 3.0, so now it’s just a matter of him meeting the mark on the [NCAA] sliding scale. He’s working really hard, doing a good job and just hoping this test gives him enough to where we can combine scores in certain areas from previous tests so he can be qualified.
“But I think Woody will be fine. I really do. I feel for him because he’s a really smart kid, but now his back is against the wall to get into college.”