The Terps are continuing to track Florida recruits this spring, and one athlete who assistant coach Keenan McCardell recently identified as a viable target is Trinity Christian's (Jacksonville, Fla.) Chris Barr. The 5-foot-10, 170-pounder currently holds offers from Cincinnati, FIU, Kentucky, UMass, Memphis, Purdue, USF, Troy, Tulane, UCF, UAB and Utah, and said Maryland could be next in line.
"Coach McCardell actually just got in touch with me. He came up to the school to watch me and a few teammates work out," Barr said. "Then I called him and he told me he really liked my game and my film. That was the first time I had contact with him, so it was kind of surprising that he was showing that kind of interest."
Barr said he and McCardell did not talk long, but he plans to stay in touch with UMD's new receivers' coach. The Trinity receiver/cornerback said he could already tell McCardell was "a cool dude" and "definitely" wanted to hear more from him.
"I know Coach McCardell played for the Jaguars back in the day, and that's cool. He played in the League, and that's a dream of mine. He knows what it takes to get there," Barr said. "I'm not a Jags fan, really, but I definitely remember him when he was there."
Right now Barr doesn't know a whole lot about UMD other than the Terps are shifting to the Big Ten. He has, however, seen them on TV before and is familiar with star receiver Stefon Diggs.
"I like how Maryland's offense works and how they use Stefon Diggs," said Barr, who mentioned that UMD does in fact want him as a receiver. "His style is similar to my style. I'm a speed guy with good hands and great awareness, and I feel like I could fit right in up there. I feel like it could be a real good fit."
Barr plans to visit College Park, Md., for the first time this summer. He's hoping once he arrives on campus he'll receive a firm Terps offer.
"I definitely want to see the campus, meet the coaches and learn more about the program," he said. "Maryland is one school I know I'm going to be visits."
The Sunshine State athlete has only seen two local programs so far. He took in both South Florida and Central Florida, two schools that have stayed in close contact and made it known they want Barr to stay in-state.
"Both UCF and USF were great. I liked both of them pretty equally," Barr said. "I liked the atmosphere at each, and they're close to home. They were nice schools."
Barr went on to say that he doesn't have any current favorites, nor is he opposed to traveling for college. He said he wants to take several out-of-state trips this summer, though he's not sure which colleges he'll actually be able to get to besides Maryland.
"Every school that's recruiting me is the same right now until I see some more places," Barr said. "I don't want to say any favorites yet."
Maybe not, but Barr does have one program he'd like to hear more from. Miami had contact with him earlier during his career but hasn't been in touch much since.
"Miami is my favorite school," Barr said. "That's the school I grew up watching and I'm a big Devin Hester fan. I've always been a Miami guy."
Barr has no plans to commit until his senior season is over. He wants to see what other offers he can procure, as well as possibly take a few official visits.
Last year he started both ways for Trinity Christian and will do the same again this season. He said most schools are recruiting him as a pure athlete, though several, like UMD, want him purely for offense.
"The position doesn't matter," said Barr, who clocked a 4.4-second 40-yard dash at a recent Nike combine. "Offense, defense, I'm going to ball and bring my best effort. I can make plays on both sides of the ball.
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