Ole Miss Commitment Discusses Visit to Auburn

Running back Peyton Barber spent Saturday on the AU campus talking to Gus Malzahn and members of his staff.

Alpharetta, Ga.--Milton High running back Peyton Barber, who recently received a scholarship offer from Auburn, was on the AU campus Saturday for an unofficial visit to check out the Tigers. He said that he will return for an official visit before the Feb. 6th national signing day.

Barber, who committed to Ole Miss back in July, is still considering other colleges. He has official visits planned for UCLA on Jan. 11th, Tennessee on the 18th, Ole Miss on Jan. 24th and Miami on Feb. 2nd. He has also been considering a visit to Arizona State.

The five-foot-eleven, 222-pound running back said, "Auburn is definitely up there with all of the choices I have to pick from. I am going to see what I can do with my officials because I already have them filled up.

"I will see if I can re-arrange something," he said, adding that he definitely has plans to get an official visit set up at Auburn.

Barber noted that he feels "blessed" to be getting recruiting attention from the Tigers, even though the offer didn't come until about a week ago.

Asked what the Auburn coaches told him during his visit on Saturday with his mother, his nephew and a friend, the running back said, "They said they wanted me. Pretty much I am an every down back and I can do it all.

"I talked to the head coach, Coach (Gus) Malzahn. We talked about the offense, the schemes they run and how I would fit into the offense.

"He said that he really wants me and that I am an every down type of back who can do it all," the high school senior added.

"They pretty much said they are going after the top guys in the class and they feel like I am one of those top guys. They said I was a little under-rated--under the radar--and I was a gem to find."

Asked if he believes he is a good fit for the Tigers' offense, Barber said, "Yes, I feel like I am."

He also noted that he doesn't hold it against the Tigers they were late to offer because Auburn just recently hired Malzahn as head coach and he didn't complete his staff until Friday when he added Arkansas assistant Tim Horton to mix.

Asked if his commitment to the Rebels is solid, he said it is "pretty much," but added, "I am just weighing my options right now to make the right decision with the school that I pick."

Horton, who coached running backs for the Razorbacks, was one of the coaches who met with Barber. AU's new running backs coach, Rich Bisaccia, was out recruiting on Saturday, Barber noted. "I like him a lot," Barber said of Horton. "He seemed real down to earth and everything.

"Auburn is definitely up there with a lot of choices I have to pick from," the running back said. "I definitely had a good visit. I enjoyed myself a lot when I was there."

Peyton Barber plays for Milton High School.

The Tigers already have a commitment from his friend and teammate, Carl Lawson, who Barber noted that he had been trying to get to commit to Ole Miss. The running back said he is also friends with Shaquille Johnson, a freshman on the Auburn basketball team.

Bouncing back from a severe high ankle sprain injury that limited him as a junior, Barber rushed for 1,980 yards as a senior and scored 25 touchdowns. "I feel really good about it," he said of his senior season.

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