Barber clicks with Graham

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With Tennessee continuing to search for their first running back commitment of the 2013 class, Jay Graham and the coaching staff are hard at working trying to attract a runner to Knoxville.

One player the Volunteers are pursuing is three-star back and Ole Miss commitment Peyton Barber, who visited with Tennessee over the weekend.

"I definitely enjoyed my visit," Barber told InsideTennessee. "I enjoyed the coaching staff and everything that they had to offer me. I felt like I will definitely stay in contact with them in the future."

As Barber's main recruiter, Graham has already made a solid impression on the 5-foot-11, 222-pound bruiser.

"I feel like Coach Graham and I have a pretty good relationship," he said. "I feel like I bonded well with him and our personalities click. He knows what I am looking for. He said that I have what it takes to come in and play early. He feels like I can be an every-down back for Tennessee and I am what Tennessee is looking for."

Barber, an Alpharetta, Ga., native and teammate of fellow official visitor Carl Lawson, said the fan support on Rocky Top was like nothing he had seen before.

"The fans and the stadium were awesome," Barber said. "I didn't know the football stadium was that big. Seeing that last night was pretty cool. I didn't know it was that big until I got inside of there. Then when we were leaving the stadium fans were leaving the basketball game and they were all clapping for us. It really showed how much everyone cares."

The No. 52 running back in the 2013 class according to FOX Sports NEXT, Barber still has official visits scheduled with the Rebels and Miami before he will make his final decision.

"I am still committed to Ole Miss, but I am definitely still looking around to make sure that I am making the right decision," he said. "I will probably make my final decision on signing day."

Bouncing back from a severe high ankle sprain injury that limited him as a junior, Barber rushed for 1,980 yards as a senior and scored 25 touchdowns attraction the attention of analysts everywhere including FOX Sports NEXT's own Chad Simmons:

"Barber was slowed by injury during his junior season, but he bounced back strong as a senior. He is a big back that has good balance and very good feet. He can sidestep would-be tacklers or run through them due to his size, strength, and power. He may not be a burner, but he has good short space quickness. A hidden strength of his is how he catches the ball. He can be productive in numerous ways on the next level."

You can see senior highlight of Barber from FOX Sports NEXT below:

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