LB Barquell Rivers Getting Major Attention

Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr recently singled out his linebacker corps as one area of the defense that needed improvement. The Wolverines are hoping to improve the talent at the position by signing Wadesboro, N.C., star Barquell Rivers. The Anson High School standout reports nearly 12 offers.

Despite reports that two schools lead for his signature in February, linebacker Barquell Rivers of Anson High School in Wadesboro, N.C., said he is wide open at this point in his recruitment. "I don't really have any schools that lead right now," he told "North Carolina is recruiting me the hardest. I'll probably take all of my visits and decide sometime after my football season."

The 5-foot-11, 210-pound Rivers said he was now up to around 12 offers, and recently added one from Michigan. "They offered me a couple of weeks ago," he said. "I'm hoping to get up there during the spring, though I don't know if I'll make it up for their Spring Game."

Rivers said distance was not a factor in where he'll attend school. He added that he is being recruited for the linebacker position by all the schools that are after him, and that is where he prefers to play. "I don't play a lot of offense," he said. During his junior season he recorded over 150 tackles. At a recent combine he ran a 4.7 40-yard dash, along with a 4.66 in the 20-yard shuttle.

He said he will attend the Nike combine at Georgia, and would like to camp at Penn State, Florida State, and Clemson.

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