TheInsiders.com had the priviledge of touching base with McEachern High School star, C.J. Barrows this week. The big time standout has impressed many college coaches throughout the nation this summer, and Barrows has fared very well at all the camps he's attended. Things couldn't seem to get much better for a big time football recruit in his situation. The doors are wide open for him to be vastly successful at the collegiate level. So if everything is so great for Barrows right now, what could have possibly made him feel so awful, before I reached him by phone on late last week?
"I just got my wisdom teeth pulled this morning," Barrows
Anyone who has ever had the misfortune of undergoing that
dental procedure, knows just how aggravating that it can really be. Nonetheless,
Barrows was gracious enough to give me an updated leaderboard, and also inform
the TheInsiders.com subscribers about how the recruiting process has been going
"Alabama, Georgia, and Florida, in that exact order. They
are my favorites right now."
So what has put the Crimson Tide out in front at this juncture
of the race?
"I went to Tuscaloosa for the A-Day game and enjoyed it a
lot. Their coaches said that I can have my choice of positions as well. I prefer
running back right now, and Georgia and Florida want me at Safety."
Florida was the first school to offer Barrows earlier this
year, and were considered the team to beat for quite some time. However, things
change quickly in recruiting, and the Gators now find themselves mired behind
two of their biggest SEC rivals for Barrows's signature.
Georgia is the only team in the final 3, that has yet to offer
the McEachern star. Barrows ran a 4.6 40 time at the Bulldog camp last weekend,
and he should know within the next week or two, whether or not Georgia will
extend a scholarship his way.
Just how big is Alabama's lead right now? I asked Barrows that
very same question and here's what he said.
"I'd say they are out in front pretty far. I like them a
That doesn't sound good for Mark Richt and Ron Zook if they
want to land C.J. Barrows. Compounding the problems for the Dawgs and Gators
even further, is that the Peach State star plans to commit well before
"I'm committing somewhere on October 7th. That is the
plan right now," Barrows added.
That puts an extremely short time period upon the schools
hoping to catch Alabama. Georgia will need to offer if they expect to get back
in it, and Florida will need to find the formula that made them CJ's leader
This SEC grudge match will be fun to watch for recruitnicks
everywhere. TheInsiders.com will keep you abreast of any changes with C.J. Barrows
right on through signing day.
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