It never hurts to get religion so the Bearcat football program is going to church, Barry Church that is. Barry is a 6' 2" strong safety/linebacker weighing 210 pounds. This guy doesn't spare the rod on the football field and is known as a big hitter that can cover. In fact, he got six interceptions this year with Penn Hills High School in Pennsylvania.
Barry expects to be an outside linebacker in college. "I've added 5 pounds since the summer, and I expect to add another 15 pounds by next year. I want to play like a rover in college. In high school they used me as a strong safety and rover, but I got all my interceptions as a rover."
Church said he has an offer from UC and will visit Clifton this weekend (December 2-4). Next weekend Church heads to Toledo but also said he has offers from Bowling Green, Miami of Ohio and North Carolina State. When he was told that UC is similar to Toledo as far as its being an urban campus with an historic stadium on campus, he replied, "I like Toledo. If Cincinnati is like Toledo, than I'm sure I'll like it."
The school that gets Barry Church will have to offer a sports medicine program, and he‘d also like the opportunity to play early in his college career. Barry has already academically qualified and has been cleared to play next season by the NCAA Clearinghouse.
When asked if Cincinnati has any edge over the other schools due to its playing in the Big East Conference, Barry replied. "I might give them a slight edge because of the BCS."
The Bearcats are also recruiting a high school teammate of Barry's- middle linebacker Archie Donald, but Barry didn't know if Archie intended to visit Cincinnati. Mike Tressel is recruiting the pair.
Barry has already agreed to talk to BCI after his visit, and we have also been in contact with Chris Harrison, a 1st team Division III all-state offensive lineman, from Liberty High School in Youngstown Ohio.