"It's still Miami that's out in front," Barney said. "I had a real good feeling about them coming into the year and I feel the same about them now. Watching them this year, they seem a little thin on the O-Line and I think that's where I can go in and help make an impact."
Barney, 6-5 and 330 pounds, has the Canes in his top five along with NC State, Oklahoma, USC, and Rutgers. He claims offers from all five.
"I've been talking to UM," he said. "They just stay in touch, making sure everything's going alright. We talk about my season, how they're doing, things like that."
Barney has helped his team to a 5-1 start this season and they're now preparing for a huge district showdown against 5-1 Carol City this Friday.
"Our biggest goal this year was to get to the state game and win it," he said. "Beating Carol City and being able to win our district would go a long way towards helping us reach that goal. There's still a lot of football to be played but we're in a good position, especially if we win this week."
Barney, a full academic qualifier, could become the second major offensive line prospect from Northwestern to sign with UM in recent memory. Vernon Carey was the last one.
"He was a lot like me in high school," he said. "He was big and dominated people. He took his visits just like I will. I'm not sure if that's where I'll end up but it looks good for them right now."
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