Mocksville (NC) Davie County linebacker Jared Barber has made numerous trips to NC State.
Because of that the 6-0, 220-pound linebacker prospect knows just about everything there is to know about Wolfpack football. Many prospects are fortunate to visit schools once or twice during the recruiting process, but Barber has taken advantage of the fact that he's right in the middle of Tobacco Road and has the chance to visit several major programs on a regular basis. He has also been to Wake Forest a lot.
What are Barber's thoughts on the Pack?
"Me and coach (Mike) Reed talk to each other a lot," he pointed out. "He's a pretty cool guy and a good guy to talk to. I'll definitely be keeping up with NC State. It's definitely a school to look at.
"I've been to State five times I think. The last time I was there was for the spring game I guess. I like it a lot. It's in the heart of Raleigh. You couldn't get bored if you wanted to. That's good when you're in college. I like the campus and how it's in Raleigh, like I said. They've got a nice atmosphere and big college sports."
Barber said he would probably take another trip to NC State before too long. He's also planning on visiting schools such as West Virginia and others.
His most recent offer came from West Virginia and he's expected to get one from Illinois soon. Coaches from 15 schools in total have come by his school to check him out. While the Illini and Mountaineers might not be in-state programs they are definitely on his mind.
"Illinois came down about two weeks ago, maybe two and a half weeks ago," he said. "They were still on the road for a while and then they got back this week. They said I should have an offer this week. West Virginia came by two weeks ago as well. Coach Galloway saw my film and told their linebackers coach to check me out. He did and they offered me this past Friday too.
"I'm very interested in both. I haven't heard too much about Illinois since it's so far away but if they do offer I plan on making a trip out there to give them a shot and see what they've got going on.
"I'm very interested in West Virginia. I have a lot of family around that area and from what I've heard it sounds like they do a great job."
Barber said he "definitely" plans on making his decision before his senior season.
As a junior, Barber totaled 148 tackles, including 16 for a loss, two forced fumbles, and an interception. He is currently rated a three-star prospect and the No. 29 middle linebacker in the nation by Scout.com.
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