Top OL Prospect Talks Recruiting

Competing in the playoffs in Florida's 6A classification means you better bring your best game every week. That's certainly the case for Miami (Fla.) Northwestern standout lineman Chris Barney. After going up against Plantation's Jeff Owens in the first round last week, he draws Carol City's Ricky Jean Francois this week.

"Owens was the best player I faced all season," Barney said. "He's kinda good, even though I got the best of him most of the night. He's got a real good pass rush because he's quick and he's built low to the ground. He was bringing it all night and keeping me on my toes."

Barney, who began the season at tackle, is excited about playing the Chiefs again this week.

"When we played them the first time I didn't get a chance to go on him," he said. "He's a great player and I'm ready for the challenge. I have a lot of respect for him."

Barney, 6-5 and 325 pounds, mentioned three schools when asked about the recruiting process.

"I'm gonna visit Miami, NC State, and Rutgers," he said. "I talk to Coach CJ a lot. He calls just about every week. Miami's in a good position for me right now. I'm still real interested in them."

Barney said he's been watching the Canes closely this season and their season reminds him of his own.

"The thing about Miami is they lose a few games and it is a big deal because they're so used to winning and they always want to be the best," he said. "They lost a couple games they should not have lost, just like us. Everyone has a bad game or two and they, like us, just weren't able to win them. They'll be straight though. I mean, that's UM."

Barney noticed former teammate Romeo Davis in the starting lineup last Saturday.

"That's what hard work will do for you," he said. "Romeo wasn't a big recruit or whatever but they knew what he could do. He went in there and worked hard and learned what he needed to learn. Now he's starting as just a freshman."

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