Big Lineman Looking At Tigers And Others

One of Florida's top offensive linemen talks about his favorites and his style of play.

Tampa, Fla.–-When you hear the list of schools already knocking on Jim Barrie's door there is little doubt that when next February rolls around he'll be one of the South's top offensive tackle prospects. At 6-6, 310 with good quickness and strength, Barrie already has offers from eight schools and is hearing from nearly 50 others at the moment.

Despite his huge frame, Barrie says his personal-best time in the 40-yard dash is 5.4 seconds, which is very respectable. He bench presses 350 pounds and squats 460 pounds. He says that right now three schools top his early list of favorites.

"I'm hearing from 40 or 50 schools," Barrie tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "Right now I have offers from Auburn, Nebraska, Duke, Iowa State, Pittsburgh, South Carolina, Wake Forest and Central Florida. I went to Nebraska and I liked that a lot. Florida is up there and Auburn is up there as well. It's still early though."

A visitor to Nebraska for the spring game, he says that he plans to take trips to Auburn and several other schools over the summer to get a feel for the campus and surroundings. He says his visit to see the Huskers was a good one to start with.

"The trip up there was tremendous," Barrie says. "They had 65,000 for the spring game, so that basically speaks for itself. I like the coaching staff. They look like a team on the rise."

A self-professed Florida fan growing up with several family members going to school in Gainesville, Barrie says that Auburn caught his eye with last season's run and they're definitely a school he wants to check out in person this summer. He also adds that last month's NFL Draft is something that makes a prospect stand up and take notice of the things going on in Auburn.

"You definitely can't go wrong with a team that finished undefeated and basically national champions," Barrie says. "They were number two in the nation I think. (The draft) was good to see, especially when one of them goes to Tampa Bay. We like that. I like that."

Soon to be a four-year starter for Berkeley Prep in Tampa, Barrie has been dominating opponents strictly on offense since playing some defense as a freshman. As a junior he graded out at 90 percent from his tackle position and was a dominant force. He says that his main edge against other players is his attitude on each and every play.

"I think I'm consistently aggressive," Barrie says. "That's the most important thing. I try to be as aggressive as possible. I want to improve my speed and strength. I need to keep going up on that. I have just always wanted to play aggressive and do the best that I can."

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