Standout Virginia WR Talks Terps

Considering he might be the best wide receiver in the Washington area next fall, it's no surprise that Edison (Va.) junior Ben Barber is receiving heavy interest from the region's biggest programs. That list, of course, includes the Terps, who have offered the gifted wideout a scholarship. Barber, in the middle of a spring tour of campuses, gave TSR the latest ...

... on his college search.

"I just came back from Virginia yesterday. That was cool besides all the rain," he said. "I also went to Penn State a few weeks ago, and I'm going to Virginia tech next weekend for the spring game."

Barber currently has offers from Maryland, Virginia Tech and Virginia. Penn State may be close to offering, while Florida, Tennessee and Notre Dame are other schools with whom he's been exchanging glances. His No. 1 priority, he said, is finding a program with a coaching staff he feels comfortable with, and one he feels certain will be there for his whole career.

"Obviously a great football program [is important], but I want to make sure that the staff is there as long as I'm there. I wouldn't want to start over," he said.

What about the Terps?

"Ralph Friedgen is known as a great coach in college football and in the ACC, which obviously is a tough conference. They have everything there that I look for in a school," he said. "They're still up there."

Barber, whose lead Maryland recruiter is Al Seamonson, is a 5-foot-10, 190-pounder who runs excellent routes and has a knack for holding onto everything. Last year he posted 54 catches for 1,037 yards and 12 scores, leading his team to a surprising run to the state finals – where Edison lost to a Phoebus team featuring 2007 Terps recruits Haroon Brown and Maurice Hampton – and earning all-state honors.

Barber is working diligently to get faster and is spending a lot of time practicing with his team's new starting quarterback. He plans to visit Maryland again this spring and is hoping to come to a final decision by this fall.

"I'd like to make a commitment before my senior year just to get that off my back, but I'm not going to rush anything," he said.

As always, will keep you posted as Barber's recruitment unfolds…

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