Barber Enjoys Return Trip to NC State

NC State is one of three schools at the top for linebacker Jared Barber. Pack Pride has the latest on where the Wolfpack stands and who the competition is for the rising senior's commitment.

NC State is one of two schools that have offered Jared Barber, and the Pack is very much in the hunt for the in-state linebacker.

Barber, a junior linebacker from Mocksville (NC) Davie County, was at NC State's spring game on Saturday. It wasn't his first trip to the school or his first time checking out the football program, but the experience was a very good one.

"I was there with a buddy of mine," Barber told Pack Pride. "It was great getting to see how they do things. I got to talk to the coaches and some of the players. It was definitely good to get out there and see how they work. It was probably my fifth time being there. Last year I went to the State-Maryland game. I went to a junior day and I went to two practices as well."

NC State offered Barber back in February and they have made it clear since then that he is a high priority at the linebacker position. At 6-1 and 220-pounds, Barber has a solid build and is a hard worker.

"They're definitely in my top three," he said of the Pack. "I'm definitely interested in them. I love the atmosphere and the coaching staff. I like how they play defense so they're definitely up there.

"Coach Reed has been the one recruiting me. Me and him are pretty cool. I don't have to act like I don't know him. I can be myself when I'm talking to him."

Barber said the other two schools in his top three are Wake Forest and West Virginia. The Demon Deacons are the other school that has offered Barber, while West Virginia has expressed some interest in Barber to his coach.

He said he would like to visit West Virginia over the summer sometime if he hasn't already committed by then. Ideally he would have his decision made before the start of his senior year, but he admitted that anything can happen in the recruiting process.

"I've been to Wake Forest's junior day and seen quite a few of their practices," he said. "It's only a 20 minute ride from my house so I've been there a lot. Those two (Wake and State) are definitely even. I'm at the point where I'm trying to figure out which school has more pros and cons."

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