"All three of my final choices were great schools," Barton said. "I think it would have been awesome to go to any of them and I think I could have been successful at all three but in weighing everything out, I just felt like Stanford was the best overall fit for me.
Barton is a very talented linebacker and easily among the best players in the West at his position. He was an all-state selection last season after totaling 119 tackles with 15 for loss, six sacks and two picks plus 1,316 all-purpose yards and 20 total touchdowns.
Barton can really run and covers a ton of ground. He's an active player, very solid tackler and makes plays all over the field. He could fill several roles for the Cardinal as an outside or inside backer.
"They like me for weak inside or strong outside 'backer," Barton said. "My plan is to sign in February and then head off for my mission right after I graduate. When I get back home, I'm sure we'll figure out my exact position at that time, but right now, I'm just excited to be a Cardinal."