Player Spotlight: Brysen Barrios C/O ’23 Tailback/Defensive Back/Athlete

Brysen Barrios is a sensational sophomore athlete for Ironwood Ridge High School in Tucson, Arizona.

Barrios is a Swiss-army-knife for the Nighthawks, as he sees time at multiple positions, in all three phases of the game. On offense, he sees time at tailback and slot. On defense, he flies around at safety, and he is the return man on both special teams units!

What can’t this guy do?!

That versatility and athleticism stems from the ability to play multiple sports, as Barrios is a member of the track and field team, as well as being on the wrestling team!

Standing at 5’6, 160 pounds, Barrios reminds us of Kansas State tailback, Deuce Vaughn, and if he can continue to play well, it is likely he too can play at the D-1 level!

Despite not being the biggest player on the field, Barrios more than makes up for it in the weight-room, with his squat max being 350 pounds! He also posts a bench press max of 250 pounds!

Barrios also has a current vertical of 30 inches, a broad jump of 9’1, and he runs a blazing 4.59 in the forty-yard-dash. All times and measurables have been verified at the many camps he has been invited to and attends.

Barrios states that playing football at the collegiate level has always been a dream of his, and that he hopes it will come to fruition in a few short years.

“I have always had a vision and a dream to play college football,” Barrios said. “I am just waiting for the opportunity to be able to show a college that I can compete and play at the next level.”

While Barrios worked diligently to prepare for his sophomore campaign in the 2020 season, he was unable to play, due to the effects of Covid-19.

“I worked extremely hard in the off-season preparing for the 2020 season just to have our school Superintendent shut it down due to Covid-19,” Barrios said. “I was extremely frustrated and upset seeing other schools in the state allowed to play while I sat at home.

“It was hard watching updates on Twitter and other social media platforms of other teams being able to play. I was expecting a big year, one of three sophomores expecting to see playing time on the varsity team which would have helped with my recruitment. Since then, I have made a commitment to myself to stay positive and control what I can control.”

Barrios understands that he has to be able to do certain things to set himself apart from other players in the country. While he does that in the weight-room, and on the field, he knows that is not all that it takes to get noticed.

“I feel what makes me standout from other athletes is my work ethic,” Barrios said. “I love the game of football and understand that to play this game at a high level, your off-season workout routine is crucial.

“I know I may never be rated as a five-star athlete; however, I will give the college that gives me the opportunity a five-star effort every rep, every practice, every game. I take great pride outworking my opponents. I also feel I stand out through my mental toughness, intelligence, leadership, and high character.”

It sounds like the school that Barrios chooses will be lucky to get such a hard-working young man with great character!

There are a lot of things that Barrios does well, but what he does in the classroom may be the most impressive of all of them! He currently has a 4.2 GPA, which is good enough to receive an offer from nearly every school in the country!

“I plan on taking both the SAT and ACT early in my junior year and I want to major in either chemical or aeronautical engineering with a minor in computer science. I take my academics seriously and understand that my education is going to set me up for the remainder of my life.”

Barrios is one of the most diverse athletes that we have written on, in every aspect of the game, and we cannot wait to see where he ends up in a few short years!


Twitter: @Brysen_Barrios

Published by Zane Rowland

I love sports and I love helping kids reach their goals and dreams!

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