Timmric Barrett was with his coach when he got the news. The recent Central graduate was working out with Bearcats football coach Brad Seiss when Seiss received a call relaying the news that Barrett had been selected to play in the Grange Insurance All-Star Classic.
“I was pretty excited that I was going to be able to play in it,” Barrett said. “Because I know (brother Tim Barrett) played in it last year, and he said it was great experience.”
After seeing his older brother play in the game, Timmric Barrett said he set a goal for his senior year to be in the contest as well. He was disappointed when he was initially not selected, but was thrilled to hear he had been added to the team.
Timmric Barrett is one of four players from East Central Indiana who will be playing in the game at 7 p.m. July 18 at North Central High School in Indianapolis.
He will be joined by Monroe Central’s Bracken Barga, Yorktown’s Chandler Carroll and Jay County’s Eric Hemmelgarn. All four players will be on the North team, and Central’s Colin Barlow will serve as a manager for the North squad. Barga, Carroll and Barlow were announced when an earlier roster was released, and Timmric Barrett and Hemmelgarn have since been added.
Barga will be playing cornerback, Carroll will play running back, Hemmelgarn will play defensive tackle, and Timmric Barrett will play wide receiver.
Timmric Barrett is coming off a senior season in which he was a threat for the Bearcats both as a rusher and a receiver. He ran the ball 43 times for 357 yards and four touchdowns, and he caught 25 passes for 590 yards and seven touchdowns. Timmric Barrett snagged two interceptions on defense.
He also qualified for the state track meet in the 100 and 200 this spring, and said he hopes to compete in football and/or track in college. Timmric Barrett said he is undecided on a school, and hopes the all-star game provides valuable exposure in his quest to find a home as a college athlete.
“It will be something great to look back on in my life,” Timmric Barrett said. “That I accomplished, that I was able to make a goal for myself and reach that goal.”