FSU Makes an Impression on Tampa OL

One of the state top offensive tackle prospects is taking hard, long look at the Seminoles. Recently, the 6-foot-5 and 305 pound standout from Tampa (Fla.) Berkeley Preparatory unofficially visited Tallahassee. He also camped at his childhood favorite in the University of Florida.

"I went to Florida at the beginning of the month," offensive tackle Jim Barrie said. "Coach Hevesy spent a couple of hours with me and another recruit. I ran some drills and did some drills against the defensive line campers. I had a good time but I have not received an offer."

Last Friday the Tampa standout visited the campus of Florida State and he came away impressed with the school and the coaches.

"Coach Dickey was great," he said. "He really seemed interested. Their facilities were phenomenal. The offensive line coach McHale spent two hours with my parents and me. You could tell he had spent a lot of time reviewing my tapes. All the coaches made me feel at home. I came away feeling very good. I am very high on Florida State now."

One thing working in Florida State's favor is that his sister is a student there. Unfortunately, that same sister has suffered a medical problem.

"My oldest sister (Kristen) had open heart surgery last night and is doing very well," he said. "She is a first year med student at Florida State. That is a big plus that my sister is now going there. My other sister (Jamie) is applying for medical school for this coming fall so she might go there also. Since this has happened to my sister all of my visits for the summer have been delayed. We were supposed to go to schools this week but obviously this is more important."

Barrie has an impressive list of scholarship offers which includes, LSU, West Virginia, Purdue, Florida International, Florida Atlantic, Ole Miss, Oklahoma, Kentucky, South Florida, Miami (Ohio), Pitt, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Florida State, Central Florida, Iowa State, South Carolina, Nebraska, Auburn, Duke.

He graded out at 90 percent last year and is part of the school's competitive weightlifting team. Barrie can clean 270 pounds, bench 350 and squat 450.

Barrie is an excellent student who is on track to qualify academically.

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