Barbour discusses commitment

Arizona continues to add recruits to the 2008 football recruiting class. Not only do the Cats add another wide reciever for the new spread offense, but they keep another in-state player home.

Jarrell Barbour has decided to become a Wildcat. The 6-1 athlete from Peoria's Centennial High School decided to give the Wildcats a verbal commitment.

"I really like the program, it felt right," said Barbour.

Barbour is the fourth in-state prospect to commit to the Wildcats, joining Kenny Barnes, Gerrell Robinson and Chris Merrill in pledging to the program. Barbour is friends with Robinson, fellow commit Robert Golden and current Wildcat Terry Longbons, who went to Centennial as well. Barbour said they did a good job hyping the program and will be fun to play with.

"They are real good players," Barbour noted.

Another key reason for Barbour's commitment is lead recruiter Tim Kish. Kish, who has long been one of the programs top recruiters, made a very good impression on Barbour.

"Coach Kish is great," Barbour said. "I really like him and feel that we've become good friends."

Barbour was being recruited by schools as both a defensive back and a wide receiver, but will begin his Wildcat career on offense.

"They recruited me to play at wide receiver," Barbour said. "I prefer to play on offense, that would be easier for me."

The new spread offense was also a selling point. Barbour is intrigued about the opportunities available to a reciever in the scheme.

"I've gotten a little peak of the offense," Barbour said. "I know alittle bit about it."

Barbour has not been to Tucson since they hosted their junior day, but expects to be in town over the weekend and will attend a number of home games this fall. He claims he is a firm commit, but is considering taking visits to Michigan and Nebraska, although he doesn't forsee them changing his mind.

"I don't know if they have a shot," Barbour said of his other suitors. "I don't really think so."

Right now Barbour is just happy to be focusing on his senior season.


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