If 2014 Montgomery Bell (Tenn.) academy offensive lineman Alex Bars is looking for any advice on handling the recruiting process or coming to a decision, leaning on brother Brad, about to enter his junior season at Penn State, or brother Blake, set to be a redshirt freshman at Michigan this fall, is always a possibility. Also with a father that attended Notre Dame, Bars doesn’t have to go outside the family to inquire further about three of the schools on his list.
All that aside though, the obvious connections are great, but according to his coach at Montgomery Bell, Marty Euverard, Bars college choice will be reflective of the 6-6, 286-pounder’s comfort, not anyone else’s.
“Sure they’re close brothers, but ultimately he’s going to make a decision that’s best for him and his future,” Euverard told GoBlueWolverine. “I’m sure it has something to do with it but for the most part I think it’s just what he wants to do.”
Not one to jump in front of the camera at every opportunity, do a bunch of interviews, or even tussle with any attention on twitter, Bars has taken a quiet approach to the recruiting process, uninterested in allowing the public a plethora of details he feels can be kept to himself.
“He’s a grounded kid,” said Euverard. “He knows what he wants. He’s a good kid and he just doesn’t want to get involved in making a, big freak show.”
Michigan is one school keeping in close contact with Bars, offering a blend of academics he and his family are looking for and also a football program on the level of some of the best in the country. According to coach Euverard, often serving as a regular contact with the Michigan staff, they’re grabbing Bars attention.
“They’re a great staff, great people,” he said. “They’ve done a great job of recruiting him and Michigan would be a great place.
“Everybody has been coming in and being really good to him but if I’m speaking specifically about Michigan, they’ve done a great job -- coach Hoke, coach Smith, just great people and Alex will make a decision sometime in the near future I’m sure.”
‘When’ is the question on the minds of many but as is the case with this entire recruitment, Bars and his family know best.
“That’s totally up to Alex, whether he makes a decision in one month or in 10 months,” said Euverard. “Like I said, he’s a grounded kid and he’s got great parents and they’re going through the process of making the best decision for the next 50 years of his life.”
And the Bars know exactly what they’re looking for in the school their son ultimately chooses.
“He’s all about academics now,” said Euverard. “He’s a great -- incredible student. He wants an education and he wants to play football.
“I know academics and the football program are the two things that first and foremost, academics being one and the right fit for him to play football.”
Putting his coaching hat on for a moment, coach Euverard offered his thoughts on Bars as a player, raving about his versatility and intelligence on the field.
“He played defensive line also,” he said. “He’s a great athlete. He plays basketball, very flexible, bends well -- he’s very smart and just a really good offensive lineman.”