Barron Looks Like Bluechip Prospect

Mobile's Mark Barron is one of the state of Alabama's more talented prospects.

Mobile, Ala.--One of the more talented in-state athletes in the class of 2008 is St. Paul's standout Mark Barron.

A talented running back and receiver, he is being recruited by major colleges to play both of those positions.

Barron, who notes that he likes both positions and doesn't have a preference where he plays in college, says he is upbeat with how recruiting is going so far. "Everything is good," he points out. "I know I have more than 20 scholarship offers, but I don't know exactly how many."

The 6-2, 205-pounder, who has excellent speed and good moves with a football under his arm, stopped by the Auburn campus last weekend to talk with the football coaching staff. The Tigers are one of the programs he says that he is seriously considering.

"My top five is Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Florida and Florida State," he says. "I want to make a decision before the season starts, but I don't know if I will be able to."

Commenting on Coach Tommy Tuberville's Tigers, Barron says, "I like the atmosphere around the campus, I like that the Auburn coaches are straight-up with you. There is no messing around and that is something I like."

St. Paul's fielded a strong football team in 2006 as Barron ran the ball 78 times for 785 yards and caught 23 passes for 368 yards.

"We should have a good team this year," he says. "We have most of the same people back this season. We had a few linemen who left and a couple of defensive backs. I think we should win the state championship this year."

Barron's excellent speed, strength and all-around athletic ability have helped make him a standout on St. Paul's track and field team. He won the indoor and outdoor state meet shot put titles and has a best throw of 55 feet, 11 inches. He also won the outdoor triple jump title and can leap "around 46 feet" in that event, he says. He's not bad in the long jump either, finishing third at the state championships this past spring in that competition.

Another reason he is a desired recruit is that he shouldn't have any problems academically. "I try to be a good student," he says. "I made a 22 on the ACT so I should be straight." He adds that he hasn't decided what he wants to study in college. I am still thinking about it," he says.

Barron points out that the Tigers are interested in signing him as a running back. He has the speed to get on the corner and the power to run inside. He says he hasn't used any other backs as a model for his running style. "I just try to be myself, but the Auburn coaches say I run like Darren McFadden and that is why they are recruiting me to play running back."

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