UNC Impresses Barden

After spending nearly all day Wednesday at North Carolina, Brooks Barden left with a favorable opinion of the school.

"I like North Carolina for sure, but there are not really a lot [of schools] that are just totally sticking out" Barden said. "It's just the relationship I have with Coach [Blake] Anderson and the type of offense that they run and the campus and the facilities."

Barden, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound quarterback from Cartersville (Ga.), and his father, who doubles as his head coach, arrived in Chapel Hill around 9:30 Wednesday morning. For much of their stay, Anderson, UNC's quarterbacks' coach, accompanied them.

"[Anderson and I] stay in touch every other week, so [on Wednesday] we just talked about normal stuff," Barden said. "He asked me how I was doing and answered any questions I had."

Additionally, Anderson, who watched Barden throw in January, provided Barden a status update on a possible UNC offer.

"He told me that an offer is coming soon," Barden said. "He just said to be patient. He said it could be spring, summer. He said he was going to come watch me in spring practice during the Evaluation [Period]."

Besides UNC, Barden is also receiving significant interest from Mississippi State, Penn State, UCLA, and Wake Forest. But he's awaiting his first scholarship offer.

Barden's visit on Wednesday kicked off with a tour of UNC's facilities followed by a full campus tour.

"I loved it," Barden said. "I've heard a lot about North Carolina's campus – how nice it was – and I really liked it. It was one of the better campuses that I've been on. I really liked the facilities.

Barden then met with Larry Fedora in his office.

"He was just talking about where he's come from and all the schools he's been at," Barden said. "He just talked about football."

After sitting in on a quarterback meeting, Barden attended the majority of UNC's spring practice that afternoon before heading home.

"I liked it," Barden said. "It was up-tempo, fast paced, music on the whole time, a lot of energy, [and] everybody running around. I really like the offense – spread, up-tempo, fast paced."

Barden leads a similar offense for Cartersville. As a junior – his first as a fulltime starter – the lefty completed 190-of-304 for 2,872 yards and 39 touchdowns and just five interceptions. He also rushed for just over 500 yards and 11 scores.

Barden made his only recruiting trip on Tuesday visiting Wake Forest. He's working on setting up a trip to UCLA for this summer.

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