The 11th in a daily series of Q&A’s with the 2012 signing class.
Alex Barrett is a 6-foot-3, 245-pound defensive end from Mesa, Arizona. He comes to San Diego State after a very successful career at Desert Ridge High School, where he started on both the offensive and defensive line. Barrett was a two-time first-team all-state selection, and he was named to the all-Arizona Super 25 his senior year.
Barrett joins a young defensive line unit that lost three senior starters last year. He is one of four defensive lineman in the 2012 signing class. Although Barrett played both defensive tackle and defensive end in high school, he will likely play end at SDSU. He will wear No. 58 for the Aztecs.
Q: Why did you choose SDSU?
A: I felt like it was the best program for me, both the school and the team. I felt like I would fit in with the team just fine.
Q: How were the summer workouts for you?
A: The summer workouts went well. I like the way we are working out, both conditioning and lifting. I feel like it’s going to make me better.
Q: Have you picked your major yet?
A: I’m going to major in criminal justice. I don’t really know what I want to do with it yet, that’s too far down the road.
Q: What are you most excited for leading up to your first semester at San Diego State?
A: I’m excited to see what school is going to be like.
Q: What do you like to do during your spare time?
A: I like to watch movies during my spare time. I like all the Marvel Comics movies.
Q: Who are your favorite professional sports teams?
A: I like the San Diego Chargers.
Q: Is there any athlete that you look up to or try to model your game after?
A: I like Antonio Gates and I also like Julius Peppers.
Q: If you weren’t a football player, what sport would you be playing?
A: I would be doing track and field. I competed in shot and discus in high school.
Q: What is your most memorable sports moment from high school?
A: Definitely getting to play in the state championship game my junior year. It was a cool experience playing in the Arizona Cardinals stadium. Also, I had a special education teammate, and in one of our games where we blew out the other team my coach talked to the other coach and he got to run the ball for a play.
Q: How much do you know about the 3-3-5 defense and what about it are you most excited for?
A: I know a little about it right now but I’m studying it. I most excited for the slants. We are moving around a lot so it’s going to be fun.