Education Top Priority for LB Prospect

John Carroll High School product Riley Barncastle discusses his combine performance and recruiting.

Birmingham, Ala.--Linebacker prospect Riley Barnacastle, an intelligent player with a nose for the football, performed well in the recent combine in Tuscaloosa.

He checked in at 5-11 and 186 pounds and ran solid times for a linebacker with a 4.75 40-yard dash, a 4.47 shuttle and 7.57 three-cone drill. "It went pretty good," Barnacastle says. "I worked with the linebackers and did some one-on-one stuff with the running backs and tight ends."

He also did well in the jumping drills with a 30.4-inch vertical and 9-2 standing broad jump.

After racking up an eye-popping 164 tackles and two picks for scores as a junior, he has drawn interest from the SEC and the Ivy League.

"I've been hearing from Auburn, Alabama, Arkansas, Vanderbilt and Ivy League schools like Dartmouth, Princeton, Yale and Harvard," he notes.

Barnacastle has ties to Auburn, where his two older brothers recently graduated.

The 6A honorable mention All-State player visited the Plains for a junior day and also took a visit to Florida this spring. But while most high school prospects are interested mostly in prestigious football programs close to home, Barnacastle is looking for something else at the collegiate level.

"Right now education is big for me," he says. "Location is not important. Education is probably the biggest thing right now. I haven't gotten any scholarship offers yet. I talked to the coach from Dartmouth and he was talking about early acceptance and stuff like that. That may be something happening in the summer."

Stay tuned to for updates on Riley Barnacastle.

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