St. Charles East (Ill.) High 2014 wide receiver Brannon Barry has begun to focus on recruiting, and it is paying off.
"I visited Ball State this weekend and I went to Indiana last week," Barry said. "I got an invite to come to the game this weekend at Wisconsin and I have heard from Michigan State, Iowa, Illinois, Purdue, Northwestern, Iowa State, Oklahoma, Cincinnati, Missouri, and Ball State."
Barry's most recent visit was one that left a positive impression.
"It was good, I enjoyed every factor of it," Barry said of his visit to Ball State. "The coaches are a great coaching staff, and the big thing for me was when they were talking to me they stressed the academic part of the university a lot."
He added, "I am looking to play college football, but when coaches talk to you about other things and help you get to know the university it's nice."
What exactly did Barry get to do while at Ball State?
"They told our parents from day one when we walk on to the campus they care about us, and talked about their emotional connections with us," Barry said. "The coaches gave an in-depth view on what it was like to be a coach there. We watched them warm up and then the game was a great game, it went into overtime then I got to see campus and then came home."
And as for Barry's visit to Indiana?
"I enjoyed it, obviously Ball State and Indiana were two different schools," Barry said. "But both visits were very enjoyable and had different things that I liked. I enjoyed it."
Barry plans to visit Wisconsin this weekend, but in the mean time he is focusing on his junior season.
"I think I have played pretty well," Barry said. "We like to balance the run and the pass and so our opponents expect both -- I have done what I can to contribute."
He added, "Friday I had 7 receptions for 140 yards, and this season I have something like 42 catches for over 500 yards."
Barry has one goal in mind for his play this season.
"I am just dong all I can to help the team, that is really what I am all about," Barry said. "The way I look at it if the team is doing well I am happy so I will do everything I can to bring home the win."
That motto is exemplified by his relationship with his family.
"My mom and my brother always tell me that I put 150-percent into what I do," Barry said. "I try to do the best I can for my teammates."
Barry knew football was for him from the start.
"The reason I got into the game is because I love to hit," Barry said. "I am fast and I like to say I am really physical. The 60 min I'm out there I am making an impact."
That's something Barry will continue to do for St. Charles East as his junior season continues.