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While at Notre Dame this weekend, Anthony Barr spent time with Irish running backs coach/offensive coordinator Mike Haywood, linebackers coach Jon Tenuta and defensive backs coach/defensive coordinator Corwin Brown.

Any one of those three could be Anthony Barr's position coach if he eventually decides Notre Dame is indeed the place for him.

"They really don't know where they'd put me if I played there," the 6-foot-4, 225-pound Barr said. The Los Angles, Calif., product took an unofficial visit to South Bend this past weekend with his mother.

"Depending on how much I grow, I really like playing running back but I think I could play anywhere on the field. Wherever they want to put me."

Barr's father Tony Brooks and his uncle Reggie Brooks were standout running backs for the Irish in the late 80s and early 90s. Barr himself is a star running back for Loyola High, where he has already rushed for 809 yards and 10 touchdowns. He is averaging 8.61 yards per carry and also has a receiving score.

This past summer, Barr attended Notre Dame's summer camp and worked out as a running back and linebacker. He impressed the staff so much that he was one of the earliest class-of-2010 players to earn a Irish scholarship offer.

USC, Stanford and UCLA have also offered Barr, who said he could see himself in a Notre Dame jersey following this weekend's trip.

"Yeah, I think it's a definite possibility," Barr said. "The players were really energized and the stadium was really rocking yesterday."

Barr got into South Bend on Friday night. He met up with his father, who lives in Michigan about 45 minutes away from campus, and uncle, who works for the University.

"It was good to see him," Barr said of his dad. "I don't usually see him as much as I have, I maybe see him once a year. But coming to camp and being able to see him multiple times in a year is always fun."

On Saturday, Barr got a tour of the football facilities and then head coach Charlie Weis came in and spoke to all the recruits in attendance. Before the game, Barr got a few minutes of one-on-one time with Weis.

"He was just saying he thought Notre Dame was a good fit for me and he thinks I'd be real happy here, but he said he'll support me with whatever my decision will be."

The highlight of the day for Barr was being on the field before the game, and then watching his childhood-favorite Notre Dame beat Stanford 28-21. Before this weekend, Barr couldn't even remember the last time he was at an Irish game.

"I just liked being in the stands during the game," Barr said. His mother is a St. Mary's graduate. "The fans are great. The student section was always energized and always cheering. It was a fun place to be."

Barr met fellow California product Cierre Wood and other Irish recruits at the game.

"Cierre was just talking about the family feel and the tradition, and he really liked it when he was up here," Barr said.

Barr went into the locker room following the game and met some of the players. He hung out with family following the game before heading back home early Sunday.

"Everything was what I expected and some," Barr said. "The atmosphere is fantastic, and just the people and the fans are just great."

Barr plans on checking out the local college programs, USC and UCLA in the near future.

"I always want to have an open mind," Barr said. "I don't know if I'll commit anytime soon. I don't know when that day is going to come."

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