Huskers could get official visit

The name Ndamukong Suh is not going to fade anytime soon for defensive linemen that are coming up through the high school ranks. So when Nebraska comes in and throws down an offer there are some thoughts about being that next guy or at least having the same coaches and surroundings that Suh did. This California defensive lineman has definitely thought about it.

One of the top players in the state of California is still a little surprised by the recruiting process. Todd Barr, a 6-foot-3 and 265-pound defensive tackle from Lakewood (Calif.) is getting calls and seeing schools come by to see him.

"It's been really interesting," Barr said. "It's been surprising to take these calls from college coaches. A few schools have been by the school already even though we haven't started practices.

"Arizona State, Colorado, Stanford and Villanova came out today. Since we can't practice we are in the weight room and working out for the college coaches."

Barr is well into a double-digit offer total and just pulled in the latest one today. Still, the total list seems to grow every week with his first offer coming way back when he was a junior.

"I am up to 20 offers. I just got an offer from Arkansas today. My first offer was from Arizona and it was from a long time ago; when I was a junior. Tennessee, Duke and Idaho also all offered recently."

With an offer like Duke you know that Barr is serious about his studies. The academic side of the school is going to weigh heavily into his decision along with the coach and player relationships.

"I am serious about my school. I am carrying a 3.6 grade point average. I just took the SAT this past Saturday. I think that I did pretty well on it.

"I am looking at the education; that is a big priority for me. Also the relationship with the coaches and the players are also a big part of my decision.

"Distance isn't a big thing. If I am going to have to travel 1,000 miles to get a great education and be in a great football program then I am going to do it."

Barr plays inside for Lakewood, but could have that ability to move outside in an odd front. What Barr does best is get penetration and make plays behind the line of scrimmage.

"I am playing more as a defensive tackle in high school. Schools have said that I would be more of a swing guy and I could move outside and play both. They like my versatility.

"I think that I have a great pass rush. I am really good at shedding blocks, getting in the backfield, making tackles for losses and getting pressure on the quarterback."

The Huskers have tendered an offer to Barr and when he got the offer he admits that there was someone that crossed his mind. It's not hard to understand considering the timing and that they play the same position.

"When I first got the Nebraska offer I was like ‘Wow, the same coaches that coached Ndamukong Suh that got him to be the second pick overall must think I am the real deal'.

"Suh had talent before he came to Nebraska obviously, but Nebraska really developed his ability. The fact that Nebraska has developed NFL defensive lineman would have some influence on me because I want to get to the next level."

The Huskers might have an uphill battle on their hands, but stranger things have happened when Nebraska has gotten a player to visit. "Yes, I think that would actually be a school (Nebraska) that I would take an official visit to."

Barr has already been to see some schools and he's planning at least one more trip at the moment. He isn't sure when he will make the next trip or if there are any others that will follow.

"I have been to Oregon, California, Stanford, USC and UCLA, but that's really it. I have been talking to my mom about taking a visit to Washington. I don't know when that would be though."

Barr was the Moore League Defensive Lineman of the Year as a 2009 junior. Through 13 games Barr had 87 tackles, 32 tackles for loss, 12 sacks, five forced fumbles, three pass deflections and two fumble recoveries. He was named All-CIF Pac-5 on defense and All-State First Team. Barr was also named defensive MVP.

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