Twins Ready for More Visits

An offensive lineman can only go as far as his entire unit allows him to go. In case of Joe and Ben Barresi, they know that a university will be fortunate enough to know they will gain two linemen that know each other very well. The twin brothers are pretty set on playing football together, and find out what schools currently compile their list.

There is a possiblity that an opporunity may come for either Joe or Ben Barresi that does not come for the other. An opporunity that may be just too good to pass.

The first scenario to occur in the early part of the summer was when Oklahoma State decided to extend Ben a scholarship offer after camp, but informed Joe they would be waiting until his senior season.

"I have to admit that it was kind of weird to see him get an offer and not me," said Joe Barresi. "We've made it clear that we want to play together in college, but I also know that I just came off a shoulder surgery so a lot of schools are being cautious to see how I come back."

"I plan to have nothing but a big senior season. We are both pretty aware that our senior seasons are going to greatly determine our fate, and after the season we will take our official visits. Ben and I are individuals and can deal with the fact of not playing together, which likely just will not happen. We have been pretty strong minded about playing together."

That was the same tune sung by Ben Barresi last month when I spoke to him after he received the Cowboys' offer. This article perhaps should be more appropriately titled, "Brotherly Love."

Ben currently holds offers from Oklahoma State, Wyoming, and Louisana-Monroe. Joe has offers from all except Oklahoma State. I asked Joe to give an update on the other schools that are showing interest and they expect to hear from this fall.

LSU: "We attended their camp, and the coaches seemed very impressed. Their coaches called our trainer, Marvin Bibbens, who helps teach us how to run properly, to check up on us. They are waiting for senior film."

Oklahoma: "I'd say they are more close to offering Ben, but they have let it be known they have interest in both of us. They will still probably wait for our senior season before even offering Ben."

Missouri: "We attended their camp, and they took us to their indoor facility to test us. They weren't as clear as other schools in indicating where we were on their list, but we do expect to hear back from them this fall."

Arizona: "They have been showing a lot of interest, and we are suppose to take a visit out there in late July or early August."

Tulsa: "They seem to be real close to offering. We are attending their camp later this month on the 24th, and that will likely determine whether or not we are offered this summer."

One school that had not shown interest in the twins is Texas A&M. That was until a recent phone call they received from the Barresi's informing them of an interest in taking a visit.

"We called down to their coaches to let them know we wanted to take a visit down there, and their coaches seemed very surprised. It seemed they didn't expect we'd have interest, but are heading down there this Friday."

The Barresi's are also planning to visit the SMU campus later this month.


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