Thus far, Cal, Oregon, UCLA, Utah, Nevada, Hawaii, San Jose State, Fresno State and Texas State have extended scholarship offers to the 6-foot-6, 285-pound Max Barth. But he is optimistic that a few more suitors will soon join that group with offers of their own as well.
“Me and Coach Klayton Adams will be talking on the phone soon, as we have arranged it. I am very interested in Colorado. And I have a feeling ASU and CU are very close (to offering). CU possibly when I speak with Coach Adams on the phone,” Barth said.
Why is Barth drawing such attention ten months from Signing Day?
He feels that run blocking has always been his strong suit, and colleges agree that his ability and push as a run blocker stand out. But just as important is Barth’s desire to improve his agility and pass protection so he can be a well-rounded prospect at the college level. He’s hungry to improve and take his game to the next level.
And as he continues to put in the work, he’s also just beginning to consider what he’s most interested in when it comes to making a decision that will affect the next four years of his life and beyond. The top factors include academics (which is a clear priority) followed by the success and feel of the athletics program, the facilities present and the location.
When asked if any schools are standing out already in terms of meeting or exceeding his criteria, Barth replied, “UCLA, Oregon, Utah, Cal and hopefully Colorado, if they offer soon. All those schools impress me both academically and athletically.”
So far he has visited UCLA and plans to visit Oregon on April 22 before waiting until this summer to visit any other schools that make his final list. Then, once those visits are complete, Barth will be one step closer to perhaps making his decision. And the wait will be over.