Barber eyeing Sun Devils

Peyton Barber has been following the Arizona State program for quite some time, and following a scholarship offer and his good friend Josh Dobbs committing to the maroon and gold now has the Alpharetta, Ga. running back taking even greater interest in the team.

"I'm being recruited by (running backs) Coach Porter," Barber said. "He's a religious person and I like that about him. He's very straightforward and doesn't sugarcoat anything. I've always been a pretty big fan of Arizona State so I was very excited when he started recruiting me four months ago. I have a friend that used to live there and he told me a lot about it too.

"I try to watch them whenever I can on TV and follow their running back no. 6 (Cameron Marshall). Our body types are the same and we have the same running style. Coach Porter said that I would be a good fit because they want to have a running back like Cameron in this offense."

Barber knows that a commitment to the Sun Devils would mean playing with his high school rival and good friend, Alpharetta High School signal caller, Joshua Dobbs who pledged to ASU earlier this month.

"I've been talking to him a lot even before his commitment because we've been friends since Middle School," Barber said. "He said that everybody at the school was very nice, the weather is nice and the offense is going to be easy to pick up because it's the same offense I play in here. The academics there are very good (Barber wishes to be a Business or Liberal Arts major).

"Josh committing there does make them one of my favorite schools."

Due to a high ankle sprain the 5-11 222-pound Peyton Barber played in just four games last season, and in that quartet of contests he reported rushing for 400 yards and four touchdowns. In the weight room, the running back reported marks of 365 lbs. benching, 565 squatting and 325 lbs. power clean. Barber added that his fastest 40-time is 4.52 seconds

"I feel that I'm well rounded all-purpose back," Barber remarked. "I can run, catch and block. But I know that I can improve all on everything."

The Milton High School running back has been offered by Clemson, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Louisville, Ole Miss, North Carolina, Purdue, Central Florida, UCLA, Vanderbilt, South Florida and Maryland. Barber has unofficially visited Clemson, Ole Miss, South Florida and Kentucky.

"My top six schools are: Arizona State, Ole Miss, Clemson, North Carolina, Wake Forest and South Florida," Barber stated. "I'm going to visit Arizona State on July 25th. If I like it on the visit I will visit them officially too. I'm also going to visit North Carolina on June 29th.

"I'm planning to make my decision right after I visit Arizona State. I'm looking for a program where I can get on the field the fastest, feel truly at home and one that has good academics and can help me in the classroom."

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