Barr Hopeful For Pitt Offer

Bryton Barr holds four offers, and is looking for more. He put on a pretty good performance at Pitt's first prospect camp on Saturday, in hopes of attracting an offer from the Panthers.

Bryton Barr already holds offers from Akron, Lafayette, Temple and Navy. He knows he has the opportunity to play Division I football, but that hasn't stopped him from hoping to attract more offers.

Pitt is one of those schools that he is aiming to get an offer from; a school at the top of his list. Barr came in to work out at Pitt's prospect camp over the weekend, and proved to be one of the top linebackers in attendance.

Barr was first recruited by the previous Pitt coaching staff. Todd Graham's staff has maintained an interest in Barr through the coaching change.

"I really like Pitt first of all," Barr said. "After the coaching staff got fired, I had to start all over and show Pitt what I was made of. I just had to go in and show them what I was made of. I felt good. I felt fresh. I've been working hard all summer, and felt good during the camp."

Even though it was just one day, Barr took away a lot of things from the individual drills that he can apply to his own team.

"First off, the read step and clearing our cleats, that's what coach (Keith) Patterson called it, helped us not take a false step," Barr said. "I'm going to take that back and show our linebackers so we don't take that false step. It loses a lot of time. That's one of big things I learned there."

In the one-on-ones, Barr showed an ability to close on the ball carrier, despite it not being full contact.

"My favorite part of the entire day, I really liked the one-on-ones and the seven-on-seven," Barr said. "I did particularly well. I felt I can keep up with (the running backs). I really liked the one-on-ones."

Afterwards, he picked up some good feedback from Patterson.

"Coach Patterson, the linebacker coach, told me how much he loved me, and how well I played at the camp," Barr said. "I hope they offer me. I think I showed them I can compete. A lot of schools think I'm a little undersized, but I showed them I can be a Pitt football player."

The prospect camp was the second Pitt visit for Barr. He was also at a spring practice. Between both visits, there's a lot Barr likes about Pitt.

"I did go to a practice in the spring," Barr said. "From what I saw, they like to blitz a little bit. I'm not a blitzer, but I'd like to if I went to Pitt.

"I like them a lot. Before the coaching staff got fired, I liked them. I still like them with the new staff. I still have the same impression from the first time I met them. If they offered, they'd be one of my top choices."

Up next for Barr will be a couple of 7-on-7 tournaments with his team. He'll also head to a prospect camp at Syracuse on Sunday before heading to Akron. He'll also camp at Cincinnati, Penn State and Georgia Tech.

As a junior, Barr finished with 175 tackles, forced five fumbles and two interceptions. On offense, he had 16 catches for 521 yards and eight touchdowns as a tight end.


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