2015 Husker profile: Mohamed Barry

Nebraska needs linebacker depth, but Mohamed Barry might have a hard time getting to play this season.

Mohamed Barry

Position: OLB/P>

Height/Weight: 6-foot-1/202-pounds

High School: Grayson HS (GA)

Year: True freshman

2014 preview:
Playing for head coach Mickey Conn at Grayson, Barry helped the Rams advance to the second round of the Georgia Class AAAAAA playoffs, earning first-team all-state honors in Georgia.

2015 preview:
Outside of Josh Banderas and Michael Rose, the linebacker spot features hardly any depth, which lends itself to freshman getting an opportunity to play.

What is more likely though is guys like Luke Gifford (redshirt freshman) and walk-on Chris Weber get an opportunity.

Big Red Report projection: The linebacker position is one of the thinnest on the entire depth chart, meaning a freshman might have to play. Of the true freshmen, Barry is probably the second-most ready to come in and contribute behind Dedrick Young. Barry is fast, does well in coverage, and comes downfield well. The problem is, he didn’t get to Nebraska the same time as the other freshman, meaning even adjusting to college life he’s going to be behind. Look for a redshirt year. – BRR contributor Matt Svoboda

Scouting report: “Barry is a prospect who plays hard with a high motor. He plays with energy, emotion and his teammates rally around him. At linebacker, he is almost constantly playing inside the box. He is a much better linebacker playing north-south than when he has to move in space. He is aggressive and he really attacks the ball carrier with good speed. He has a good burst to the ball carrier and he can be used on the blitz. His length is good, but he still needs to add weight, and become better at shedding blocks and playing the ball when it comes right at him. There is a little stiffness there and he could eventually end up playing inside linebacker as he develops physically. He loves to identify the ball, then attack. You have to love his energy, his physical style of play, and his tenacity. – Chad Simmons, Scout.com national recruiting analyst

How he ended up in Lincoln:
Barry also visited Miami and Kansas State, his other two final schools, during the process. At one point, he was a Kansas State commit. He also had offers from Marshall, Syracuse, UAB, Wake Forest, NC State, and Georgia Southern.

“There was something about talking to Coach Bray. I said to myself, ‘I need to reconsider them.’ He just wanted me to look at the whole picture and take the visit. He then started recruiting me harder than anybody,” said Barry. “He came to my house and it got me to take the visit – it helped me feel comfortable with the situation. After the in-home, my parents had the same glow that I had. It said it all to me. My mom gave me her blessing. I knew it was where I belonged.”

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