South Carolina got the best of North Carolina in this past weekend's Shrine Bowl. While the Sandlappers' defensive front dominated along the line of scrimmage for the most part, one of the few bright spots for the NC offensive line was NC State commit, Andy Barbee of Crest High School in Shelby, NC.
At 6-3, 290 pounds, Barbee was rock solid at center for the Tar Heels. Unlike his counterpart with the South Carolina squad, he had no QB-center exchange problems- a problem sometimes seen in all-star games. Barbee was also cat-quick off the ball and did a great job of engaging his man and driving him off the ball. Although all-american RB Toney Baker from Jamestown, NC was held to 52 yards rushing on 14 carries, most of his best runs came when he ran behind Barbee and the offensive guard.
Barbee told Pack Pride that a little friendly recruiting is commonplace at the Shrine Bowl. Baker was apparently a target of several committed players and Barbee said he had no problem putting in a few good words for the Pack.
"I've been talking to a few of the guys out here trying to get them to come to State," said Barbee. "Toney and a few others seemed liked they like State.
"I'll tell you though, Toney's a tough guy. He's big but he can make you miss too. He'll run right over you if he doesn't make you miss. He's real good. Toney's one of those guys that, when I snap the ball, I hope he doesn't run over me. He's definitely one of those guys that I wouldn't want him coming at me."
Barbee committed to NC State back in November and he said the NC State coaching staff has done a super job of staying in touch to make sure his commitment stays rock solid.
"NC State's done a very good job of staying in touch with me," he said. "They get in touch with me at least once a week, they're always calling just seeing how I'm doing. Really, everyone pretty much backed off once I committed to State."