Favorites Are Beginning To Emerge For Barr

The recruiting picture is starting to become more clear for Anthony Barr.

The four-star athlete and Scout.com top-100 recruit from Los Angeles holds double-digit scholarship offers, but after discussing it with those close to him, a few programs are beginning to emerge as leaders.

"I talked it over with my mom, and we sort of come down to five schools or so, but at the moment there is not one or two that stands out above the rest," Anthony Barr explained. "Right now, I'm playing the field and waiting to see something that really attracts me, and when I have the feeling that I want to commit somewhere, I'll make that move.

"I think right now, we really like UCLA, Cal and Notre Dame. I'll just leave it at those three for now."

The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Barr laughed, adding that his mother made it real clear what schools she didn't want him to go to.

The Notre Dame coaching staff has made Barr a top priority. Head coach Charlie Weis and assistant coach Brian Polian keep in regular touch with the standout from Loyola High, and the son of former Notre Dame running back Tony Brooks.

"I talk to both of them through email, and two days ago I talked to coach Weis on the phone just to catch up," Barr said. His mother attended also St. Mary's.

"He kind of wants to know where I think I want to play when I go to college, in order for him to recruit other players. That makes it easier on him knowing where I stand. We also talk about school and how the family is and stuff like that. It's business, but at the same time, it's on a personal level."

This past season, Barr rushed for 1,890 yards and 20 touchdowns. Schools like Oregon and Colorado see him in their backfields on the next level. UCLA and California haven't been real clear where they see Barr playing. College recruiters have talked about him playing anywhere from running back, to receiver, defensive end, to linebacker to even safety. Weis and Barr are getting closer to a conclusion.

"I'm sort of undecided," Barr said. "It's hard for me to say because I really enjoy playing on both sides of the ball. I think ultimately, it came down to we both see myself playing on the defensive side of the ball, at defensive end, strong-side linebacker or a even the safety position. That's not clear, but I think we both agree the defensive side of the ball will benefit me most in the future."

This past summer, Barr camped at Notre Dame, and he returned for the Stanford game in the fall. He'd like to visit again this spring, but isn't sure if he'll be able to because of his commitment to the track team.

As far as a verbal commitment, Barr would like to wrap it up before the fall.

"I think that would sort place the focus away from me, and I can then focus on my season instead of weighing on my college decision," Barr explained. "But who knows, I could wait until signing day depending on how I'm feeling."

Right now, Barr is feeling five lucky schools.

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