BCI Gets Final Words From Barry Church

Tim Adams has spoke with Barry Church and his family several times during the recruiting process, today Tim got the final word from Barry on his choice of Toledo.

First of all, I really like Barry Church and his family. I think this young man would have been a real asset to the Bearcat football program both on and off the field, but in the end, Barry rewarded Toledo's loyalty. "Toledo was the very first to start recruiting me. They started recruiting me during my junior year. Plus, one assistant coach became good friends with my family. My family and I really trust him."

This was an extremely tough decision for Barry Church, and he wanted to handle it with intelligence, integrity and honesty. Barry took only two official visits-Toledo and Cincinnati, but during his high school season, he took an unofficial visit to his favorite school-West Virginia. Although the final decision came down to the Rockets and Bearcats, turning down the Mountaineers was the toughest phone call. "I've always loved West Virginia, and they told me and told me the papers were going to come. By the time the papers (scholarship offer) came, it was too late."

The decision making process for Barry was thorough and did involve his chances to get playing time. "I looked on-line and looked at the number of people returning at my position. I felt Toledo offered the best chance of getting early playing time." Having ex-Penn Hills teammates at Toledo didn't hurt either. "A couple of my old teammates are in the secondary, and I figured they can help me learn the coverages."

We asked Barry if Coach Anstutz's claim that Toledo may be joining the Big East in the next two seasons was a factor in his decision. "It wasn't a big factor at all. It would be nice, but it was no concern."

When Barry called to inform Coach Dantonio of his college decision, he said Coach Dantonio was gracious. "He told me if I changed my mind, they had four scholarships left, and I'd be welcome." When asked if there was anything the Bearcats could have done differently, Barry replied, "They could have recruited me sooner. Toledo said I was their #1 guy a year ago."

Bearcat Insider wishes Barry and his family nothing but the best during his time in Toledo.

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