Chris Barney on Signing Day

<b>MIAMI, Fla.</b> - Christopher Barney is 6-foot-6, 330-pound offensive lineman from Miami Northwestern High School and made his decision to attend the University of Miami today at a press conference hosted in the school auditorium. Other schools in consideration were North Carolina State, Oklahoma, and USC.

Christopher Barney, the 43rd ranked offensive lineman in the country according to Scout.com, was excited about signing day.

"Today is finally here," Barney said. "I have been waiting for this day since my sophomore year when I first started playing. Now I can go where I always wanted to go."

The announcement came at a 9:30 am ceremony in the auditorium in which family members, teammates, students, and teachers were in attendance. A season team highlight film was showed before principal Dr. Gallon stressed the importance of academics and shared heartfelt words for each of the eight signees. Head coach Roland Smith also spoke to the audience about the individuals.

Barney was accompanied by his mother, grandparents who drove down from Orlando, two sisters, and two brothers.

"First and foremost, I want to thank the Lord above," Barney said. "Without him I wouldn't be here today. I also want to thank my mother, grandparents, and my father—without all of them I wouldn't be there today."



He has a very close relationship with all of his family members and it was clear to see that his younger siblings look up to him.

"My family has been there with me throughout all of the triumphs and tragedies," Barney said. "Today was a bit of a "pressure reliever". I had a lot of stress on me and my family helped me through the stress. I am glad that I have people that I can go talk to about things."

Being a Miami Hurricane has something that Barney has dreamed about since his childhood. He is looking forward to the challenge and is gracious for the opportunity.

"Being a Hurricane means a lot," Barney said. "There are many people that don't get this opportunity. I just couldn't let it pass me up. It was a childhood dream of mine. They have always had a good program. It is an opportunity for me to get to the next level and win a national championship."



Barney was one of six Northwestern players that signed Division I-A letters of intent today. In a surprise, Ulysses Alexander chose Tennessee. Chauncey Thompkins, a two-year starting quarterback, signed with Western Michigan. Leron King and Dustin Forston signed with Mississippi. Running back Kevin Moyd signed with Colorado.

Adam Coffee signed with 1-AA Texas Southern and Malcom Jones, brother of Miami WR Khalil Jones, signed with a Division II school in Tennessee.

"It is a good day today that we are all signing," Barney said. "I met Dustin Forston and Leron King in middle school and I met the rest of them in high school."

Barney, who expects to be a left tackle at the collegiate level, will now take a physical so he can go down to campus and work out with the team when he can. He will also spend time working out with his offensive coordinator at Northwestern.

Art Kehoe will be Barney's offensive line coach at Miami.

"He is a great coach and I am going to have a good time with him," Barney said.

Christopher Stock is a Staff Writer for CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at stock@canestime.com.

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