Barr Impressed with Gainesville

Todd Barr, the nation's No. 6 ranked defensive tackle prospect for the 2011 class, checks in from Lakewood (CA). The four-star, 6-3 and 270-pound defensive lineman visited the University of Florida with his parents over the summer and were very impressed.

"My parents went with me to visit UF," Todd Barr said. "We arrived at the campus at 8:30 a.m. and left at 7:00 p.m. I have always thought of Florida to be an amazing school due to the fact they have won several national championships and all the attention Urban Meyer gets along with the Gator football team.

"It honestly exceeded my expectations, in every area I was taken to it was just so different from what I have thought. I especially thought it was nice that they have a pastor come to the college every Friday and Sunday keeping the faith in God involved with their players.

"When I arrived on campus we went over to where they were working out and as soon as Coach Meyer saw me he stopped and came right over to me and made me feel very welcomed as well as all the other coaches. I was able to watch them practice which was an important factor for me because I like a team that practices with a lot intensity and that they definitely do. I can't say there was one particular thing that impressed me the most because everything was very impressive."

One of the biggest contributing factors for recruits is the comfort factor with the coaching staff and the Barr family found that in Gainesville.

"Coach Mack (McCarney) and Coach Austin both felt that I would definitely fit into their program because they like my first step and my high motor getting off the ball. They also explained to me that they rotate their players on the defensive line giving me an opportunity to play.

"Coach Urban Meyer sat down with my parents and I at the end of our visit and it was very interesting how we just carried a very casual conversation about everything. He is a great guy and had us laughing about different things. He is really a down to earth guy that just made us feel very comfortable."

The Gators have had recent success recruiting the West Coast and Barr talked about that as well as some things that will play a role in the decision making process.

"Having players from California attend UF does not necessarily have an impact in my decision but I was able to talk to Chris Martin and Ronald Powell and ask them how they liked it coming from California. They both agreed that the adjustment was not very difficult and they both are very happy with their decision. Education, relationship with my coaches because I feel that because I am away from home especially with the distance Florida is from California I need to know that I can communicate with my coaches comfortably about anything, I have a really good relationship with Coach Meyer, we email about 2-3 times a week and talk on the telephone at least once a week. I also communicate with Coach Mack and Coach Austin weekly."

A few teams appear to have separated themselves from the pack with Washington, Florida, UCLA and California.

"As of now I have set up official visits with Washington on Sept 18 and Florida for the LSU game on Oct 9. I will also be going to the UCLA/Stanford game on Sept 11 just as a unofficial and I will be going to the Cal/Arizona game in October as an unofficial."
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