Fla LB Talks Favorites, Swinney

Sam Barrington is one of the top linebacker prospects in the state of Florida this year and the Jacksonville (Terry Parker) standout talked to Scout.com about the latest on the recruiting front.

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"I have already taken visits to Purdue and Illinois," Barrington said. "Next up, I have South Florida on the 13th, then Clemson on January 9th, and then Florida on the 16th."

Barrington, 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds, spoke highly of the two schools he's already visited.

Purdue: "I really enjoyed Purdue because I felt so comfortable up there," he said. "There's a lot to like about them. It's a great place and I like my recruiting coach there a lot."

Illinois: "I like them a lot, too. I have a real good relationship with Coach Disch. I've known him since I was in middle school when he was coaching down here. There's a real good opportunity for me to play early on and I like how they have a lot of players from the Jacksonville area on their team now. Alfred Jenkins and I actually played together on the same team at Terry Parker."

With two good official visits already in the books, Barrington is looking forward to his remaining three.

USF: "South Florida will be first up," he said. "I really like what they're doing there, building that program up."

Clemson: "I think it's great they they hired Coach Swinney was their new coach. It's a relief for me because he's actually the coach who has been recruiting me. He's a great guy, very honest and I'm real happy for him. I'm looking forward to taking my visit up there next month."

Florida: "I like Florida a lot. They actually just recently offered me. I went to Friday Night Lights over the summer. It's a good school. They're still one of my choices."

Barrington, who denies a favorite, said he won't make a final decision until after his last visit.

"I won't really have a leader or anything until after my last trip," he said. "All of the schools are even right now. Coaches from Purdue and Illinois have already came by for visits. Coach Disch came to my house. I'll take all of my visits and then make a decision."

Barrington helped his team to a 7-3 record this season, coming up just short a few games.

"We were 14 points away from being undefeated and seven away from making the playoffs," he added. "I had 109 tackles, 1,188 yards rushing, and 17 touchdowns. Now I'm just lifting, working a lot, staying on top of my grades, and will be playing in the Shrine Bowl here in Jacksonville in January."

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