Manheim Township quarterback Pat Bostick picked up a huge offer today, but it wasn't enough to sway him from naming a leader. The Lancaster, Pa., native and top player in the state had not publicly named a leader up until now.
"Pitt is a quality program it's on the rise," Bostick said. "It's a good program that is going to be great. I think they'll be a power. Georgia offered me today, I'm not a southern guy. I am a Pennsylvania guy."
"Pitt is my favorite right now, I see no reason to lie about it," he said. "I tell every coach now, Pitt is my leader, I am looking around but they lead. The experiences i gain looking around and doing a little bit of traveling are only going to help me become a better person and a smarter player, but I'm not going to be in awe because certain coaches are walking the halls of my school. Everyone is saying May is the big month for recruiting, so I'll go through that and then I plan on announcing at the end of May."
By Bob Lichtenfels
Barnes names leaders; plans visit to Louisville
With 30-plus scholarship offers on the table, Mark Barnes decided to narrow things down a bit to take control of a potentially hectic recruitment.
"Right now, I got about seven schools that stand out," said Barnes. "That would be South Carolina, Notre Dame, Louisville, Virginia Tech, Maryland, LSU, and Auburn. Basically, they all have been recruiting me hard – harder than the other colleges."
Among the aforementioned schools, two are currently battling it out for Barnes' leadership position.
"I have two that are leading right now," said Barnes. "That would be South Carolina and Notre Dame.
"[I like Notre Dame because] personally, the head coach Charlie Weis. He's a real good coach. I like how he runs his offense – it's balanced and they give the ball to the play makers.
"[I like South Carolina because] Steve Spurrier is also and excellent coach. He's wonderful in how he calls he's plays, and his offense, he's a spread type coach. That's real good for me if I want to be a wide receiver at the next level."
Barnes hopes to solidify a top five in the near future, but plans to take trips to Louisville, Notre Dame, Auburn, Maryland, and Virginia Tech first. He also figures to attend a handful of summer camps with the only for sure destination being South Carolina.
A pure athlete, most college coaching staffs aren't sure where to play Barnes and his 6-foot-3, 185-pound frame.
"They are basically recruiting me for both [wide receiver and safety]," said Barnes. "Whichever one the team really needs me at most, that's where I'll play. But most likely, I'd like to play wide receiver."
As a receiver at Scout.com's All-American Combine Barnes shined during one-on-one passing drills earning a spot on the All-Combine First Team.
"I felt that I did pretty good," said Barnes. "I still have a couple of things that I need to work on. Really I feel that I can go up against any DB in the nation and still beat them out regardless if they are the top in the nation or not."
As a junior at Columbia (S.C.) Richland Northeast, Barnes helped lead the Cavaliers to a 13-2 record and into the state championship game where they lost to Duncan (S.C.) Byrnes. At safety, Barnes made 80 tackles to go with five interceptions and twelve pass breakups. He also had 26 catches for 545 yards and 5 touchdowns on offense.
By Don Callahan