There's nothing like family to put recruiting into perspective. And there's nothing like having one of those family members in some very serious trouble with health issues.
That's where Jim Barrie's mind has been lately, his sister two weeks now removed from open-heart surgery.
At only 28 years old and described as in perfect health, Jim's sister developed what doctors call endocroditis, a condition where bacteria forms on the heart. If left unchecked, that bacteria would build and ultimately could seal off a valve, eventually killing the person.
Two weeks ago, she underwent
successful open-heart surgery and even to
That's an obviously immense
relief for the entire
Of those schools, there were a
few that at this point were supposed to have received one of the many unofficial
visits Jim has taken over the off-season. The recent emergency with his sister's
health issues, though, recruiting has taken a backseat. "My sister is in med
"She had heart surgery that following Tuesday, so everything has basically came to a stop."
The schedule now as to when he's
going to be able to make those trips is tentative. Jim did, however, get a good
impression from one of the main rivals of the school thought to be a shoe-in for
him when all this recruiting stuff began. "I had a really good time at
For now, it's just making sure the sister is ok and concentrating on more important things than other things, who's time will definitely come.
"So, I guess there's an upside to open heart surgery."
We'll catch up with Jim at a later time, but obviously we wish only the best and the speediest of recoveries for his sister. And if something changes in Jim's recruiting following the point where everyone is comfortable enough to get back to everyday life, we'll bring you an update as to what the last month brings, before his last year of prep-ball is slated to begin.