Running Back Talks About His Auburn Offer

Peyton Barber

Physical running back Peyton Barber talks about getting a scholarship offer from the Auburn Tigers and discusses his visit schedule.

Milton, Ga.—A physical runner who has been committed to the Ole Miss Rebels since July, Peyton Barber is a player who has seen his stock rise as a senior for the Eagles after an injury cut short his 2011 season.

Barber has picked up yet another offer as Coach Gus Malzahn and the Auburn Tigers put their hat in the ring for the standout back.

"It came Sunday afternoon," Barber tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I talked to the head coach and it was a random phone call. He (Malzahn) told me who he was and explained what he wanted to do with the program. He said he wanted to offer me a full scholarship to the university."

Looking for playmakers at the running back position to go along with junior Tre Mason and junior college transfer Cameron Artis-Payne in his hurry-up/no-huddle offense, Malzahn has been busy watching video of prospects much of the last two days along with the rest of his staff. Barber said Malzahn had some good things to say about his film after watching.

"He pretty much said he likes me a lot," Barber said. "He told me that I was one of the best running backs he had watched this year for the 2013 class. He said he likes everything about me and that I can run, I can block and I can catch the ball. I can do everything a coach asks for is what he told me."

Still committed to Ole Miss, Barber said that he already had his five official visits set and that while he won't be able to make a trip to the Plains in an official capacity there is a good chance he'll try to visit anyway.

"My visits are pretty filled up," Barber said. "He talked to me today about just taking a visit up there just to talk to him since I'm just about an hour away. I have been to the school numerous times so I know my way around the campus and everything. I also know a lot of people from my school that go there."

Barber plans to visit UCLA on Jan. 11, Arizona State on Jan. 18, Ole Miss on Jan. 25, and Miami on Feb. 1. He said there is also a chance he could take a visit to Tennessee as well.

As a senior Barber ran for 1,980 yards and scored 25 touchdowns on the ground for the Eagles.


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