After prepping at Inglewood (Calif.) Morningside High, Barragan put together a strong senior season, but he didn't qualify, despite a last ditch effort by Hawaii to sign him.
So Barragan took his trade to El Camino and had a strong freshman year, recording 36 tackles, nine tackles for loss and four sacks.
Bigger and stronger, and healing from an ankle injury heading into the 2006 season, Barragan is poised for a big sophomore year, and he's already got three verbal offers.
"Oklahoma, Tennessee and Auburn all offered me," said Barragan. "Washington, Arizona, UCLA and Oregon are all recruiting me too. USC is right here and they are a little interested."
Barragan said that the Sooners, Vols and Tigers are standing atop his list, surprising since he is smack in Pac-10 country.
"It doesn't matter to me where I play, I just want to play. I mean it would be cool to play close, but it doesn't matter," said Barragan.
Playing a variety of positions on the defensive line, Barragan has dabbled in defensive end, defensive tackle and nose tackle.
"I'll play where they need me. With my size, I'm probably a tackle," said Barragan.
On pace to graduate with his A.A. this December, Barragan would like to take some unofficial trips this summer. He will have three years to play two seasons following the 2006 campaign at El Camino.