Tampa OL Not Ready to make a Decision

With Florida State huge need at offensive lineman, Renegade Report.com could see the Seminoles signing up to seven offensive linemen in the class of 2006. The Noles have already secured verbal commitments from Chad Roark of Ada (OK) and Evan Bellamy of Miami (Fla.) Gulliver Prep. Who will be next to join the Garnet & Gold?

After two excellent unofficial visits to Florida State, it looked like Tampa (Fla.) Berkeley Preparatory offensive tackle Jim Barrie was close to making a commitment to the Seminoles. However, after having outstanding unofficial visits to Oklahoma and Michigan, a decision on a college will be delayed for a couple of months.

"Things are getting tougher now," offensive tackle Jim Barrie said. "After seeing Oklahoma and Michigan, I want to take three official visits before I make a decision."

Right now, the 6-foot-5 and 305 pound standout is all even among Michigan, Oklahoma and Florida State.

"Bob Stoops was great and I really like the Michigan offensive line Coach (Andy) Moeller," he said. "To be honest I didn't get to meet that many players at Florida State like I did at Michigan and Oklahoma."

Barrie did get to meet two players on his recent stop in Tallahassee.

"I met Matt Meinrod and Drew Weatherford," he said. "Matt is great and I found out that Drew's house is only two miles away from mine. I'm going to call Coach McHale today so I can set up an official visit to Florida State when they play Miami."

Another person helping the Noles in the recruitment of Barrie is verbal commitment Chad Roark.

"I've talked with Chad Roark on the phone and he tells me a lot about Florida State," he said.

The Tampa standout is quite surprised about the amount of interest and attention he's gotten from many colleges.

"I wasn't expecting this," he said. "Duke offered me right after signing day and Auburn was next. The other schools offered when they saw me in the spring."

Off of the field, he is articulate and very soft spoken. On the field, that's a different story.

"I play with a mean streak," he said. "That's the only way to play."

Both of Barrie's parents are veterinarians and his sister will be attending medical school at Florida State.

"I've gotten to help my dad out throughout the years and I want to be a veterinarian myself," he said. "If I went to Florida State, I would load up on science classes for my undergrad and then attend medical school."


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