Ga. RB to Visit UNC

Seeing North Carolina play live years ago has always kept UNC in a special spot in Peyton Barber's mind. That helped prompt the 5-foot-11, 210-pound running back to schedule a visit to Chapel Hill.

"I'll be visiting the 29th [of June]," Barber said. "I've always been interested in UNC and I've always been interested in the campus, so I figured I'd take a visit out there. The first college game I ever went to was North Carolina versus Georgia Tech [in Atlanta] about four, five years ago; so I've had them in my mind since."

During Friday's visit, Barber, an Alpharetta (Ga.) Milton product, is hoping to learn more about UNC's situation at running back, as well as the academic side of the school.

"I want to see how their depth chart is," Barber said. "And what I can major in and all the academic stuff."

Barber is unsure of his college major, but he's leaning towards something in the business field.

Walt Bell is recruiting Barber for UNC. The two keep in contact regularly, typically through Facebook.

"He just asks me how I'm doing and when I'm coming down to see them," Barber said.

Barber's visit to UNC will be one of his last recruiting trips before he makes a verbal commitment in late July. He's scheduled to visit Arizona State on July 25 and shortly thereafter he plans to make a verbal commitment. He hopes to sneak in a trip to Wake Forest between the UNC and ASU visits.

"I'm looking for a place where I fit in, how I can affect the program, how their academics are, how their depth chart is, and if I feel at home," Barber said.

In addition to Arizona State, UNC, and Wake Forest, Barber is considering Clemson, South Florida, Mississippi, UCLA, and Wake Forest.

"The coaches [at those seven schools] talk to me all the time," said Barber, who doesn't have a leader among the seven.

Of the aforementioned schools, Barber has visited or will visit each one except UCLA before he decides. He admits that the lack of a visit will hurt the Bruins come decision time.

Barber's junior season was cut short by a high ankle sprain. In four games, he rushed for over 400 yards.

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