Two-way player Dominique Barber commits to Gophers

Dominique Barber of Wayzata has committed to Minnesota. As we wrote recently, the outstanding two-sport player had narrowed his choices to Minnesota and Wisconsin. He had said that he planned to visit Madison this weekend for the Badgers game versus Akron. However, he decided to make the choice now. Barber had told me that he planned to make his decision around the second or third game of the high school season.

Dominique Barber comes from excellent bloodlines. His father, Marion Jr., is a former NFL and All-Big Ten Golden Gopher running back, who is fourth in Minnesota history in rushing. His older brother Marion III is a redshirt sophomore at Minnesota, who scored three touchdowns in the season-opening 49-10 win over Tulsa.

Barber plays both running back and cornerback and is open to playing on either side of the field in college. His junior season was cut short by a severe ankle sprain. Barber gained 60 yards on 12 carries in the Trojans' opening-game win over Totino-Grace.

The Gophers had offered him a scholarship, but Wisconsin had yet to extend an offer.

Minnesota obviously met his top criteria.

"I want to play close to home. That is a big factor."

Barber said that he wants to major in education and would like to be a coach. His father is coaching the Minneapolis Lumberjacks, a semipro team this season.

Barber said that he is open to playing on either side of the field.

"It doesn't matter. You just have to play your game and just listen to the coaches."

Barber's junior season was cut short by a severe ankle sprain. He gained 160 yards and Wayzata, a traditional Twin Cities power, finished 8-3 last season. The Trojans lost to Maple Grove in the Section VI finals.

Barber also plays hockey. He played left wing last season as Wayzata lost to Chaska in the sections and finished 16-8-2. Barber plans to play hockey again this season and he has high hopes for the team.

The Trojans play Cooper at home on Friday.

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