Florida OL Barrie Ranks The Cornhuskers

The need for quality offensive linemen for purposes of talent and, more specifically, depth in the Nebraskan trenches is apparent and the Big Red has sent its finest recruiters out to see just what young men they can scrounge up. One particular candidate, Florida's Jim Barrie, spoke with us about official visits, what he's looking to improve in the upcoming season and gave his take on Nebraska in general.

Nebraska's current talent on the offensive line could be considered enough to get some things done up front, but depth is an issue and one that the Cornhusker coaching staff is looking to resolve in this recruiting cycle.  Tampa, Florida's Jim Barrie looks like as good of a prospect as any to fill some of the voids as the big man from the Sunshine State carries a pretty impressive recruiting trail resume.

He was offered by Tennessee two weeks ago and before that added offers from Oklahoma and Michigan.  The trio of tempting offers brings his total to 30 and he recently returned from trips to Michigan, Oklahoma and Florida State also reporting that they are his current Top 3.  He has no official visits technically set but wants to get out to Michigan's date with Notre Dame on September 10th.  He also looks to visit FSU and OU and states that his final two visits are up in the air.

When it comes down to what Jim is looking to do this season to improve, his desire is rather simple: Doing what he can to help win ballgames.  "I'm going to be focusing on working as hard as I can in practice and on the field, just helping my team win, really," he said. 

While Jim has high praise for Nebraska's program as a whole, there is one large lingering issue.  "They're definitely in it.  I had a really fun time when I went up for the Spring Game. It's a great school, just unbelievable.  I'd say that Nebraska's in my Top 5, but honestly, the distance is a pretty big factor.  That's the main problem right now," he said.  While Barrie feels that the program itself is sound, he states that Nebraska has an outside shot as of right now.


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