Gophers LB signee Barber idolizes a former NFL linebacker

Plymouth (Minn.) Armstrong linebacker and new Gopher signee Thomas Barber is the latest Minnesota legacy to sign in the 2016 class and he went in-depth with to share more about his reasons to sign with Minnesota. What is your current height and weight? What weight would the Minnesota staff like you to report at in the summer?

TB: I'm about six foot tall and 233 pounds. They want me at 225 lbs so they can ideally build muscle right off of that. What are your individual and team goals you hope to accomplish during your college career?

TB: I want to get that Big Ten championship and pitch in and help on the field while doing that. What are you looking to work on the most this spring to prepare yourself for Big Ten football?

TB: My footwork, speed and agility. I kind of run funny / not right, so it will need to be fixed fast. What future moment are you looking forward to the most as a Golden Gopher?

TB: Getting all of our trophies back and getting that Big Ten championship. What was the main reason you chose to attend the University of Minnesota?

TB: I loved the coaching staff, plus the players give a great vibe of brotherhood. It's also close to home and it would be great to a part of something special they got going on there. What team do you want to beat the most as a Gopher and why?

TB: Wisconsin and Michigan. In my family's history and for the Gophers in a really long time, we've never had that trophy at the same time. So that'll be huge, plus who doesn't want to beat those two. Is there any unfinished academic business or are you all set to enroll at Minnesota?

TB: All locked and loaded and ready to go. If you don't make it to the NFL, where do you see yourself in 10 years?

TB: New goals have been set since Coach Glasscock put it in my head that I could open up a business maybe with some of teammates. When I was young, I wanted to do this and then I kind of pushed it back, but it got brought back up and we could do it now. It would be hard, but I think we can do it. What is it about Coach Claeys and the coaching staff that makes you want to play for them?

TB: They care about us and were not just players to them. They want us to get out degree's and watching them at practice makes me just want to play for them. What is something you learned about the University of Minnesota that surprised you during the recruiting process?

TB: Really just that we are one of the top college football teams to have players get degrees graduate. We also have the least amount of players on academic probation and I kind of knew everything else. What position do you expect to play at Minnesota? What other position did the Gopher staff mention as a possibility?

TB: I kind of figured middle linebacker and that's what Sherels told me I'm going to start at. What have the coaches told you regarding how they plan to utilize your strengths as a player?

TB: They loved my instincts and smarts on the field. They told me to not be hesitant and just go make the play and trust your abilities. Have you had any communication with other Minnesota recruits and if so what?

TB: I have. We have a big group message with everyone committed. What player do you model your game after and why?

TB: I try to be like Patrick Willis because he sheds blocks like crazy and hits hard. That's some key things you need to play in the middle. 

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