RECRUITING: Miami OL interested in Oklahoma

Miami, Fla. OL Chris Barney has a leader, but it won't stop him from giving Oklahoma a shot.

CHRIS BARNEY, OT, 6'5, 320, 5.2, MIAMI, FLORIDA (NORTHWESTERN HS):

There are a number of great offensive tackles in the country this year, and Christopher Barney is certainly one of those. In fact, Barney is so talented that many place him among the top five offensive linemen in the country.

Barney will be a three-year starter this season at left tackle and he is being recruited to play the same spot on college.

"I love playing offensive tackle," said Barney. "It is fun and exciting and it takes some great skill to play it and play it well. It is a very important position on offense and I enjoy the challenge of it."

Barney graded out at 85 percent or better and he finished the season with 64 pancake blocks. He can bench 365 pounds and squats 500.

Last summer Barney went to the Rutgers Football Camp and he hopes to go back to that camp this year. Before his sophomore year he went to the Miami camp, but couldn't go back last year because of a family get together. This year Barney says he will go to the Miami, Rutgers and South Florida camps.

Barney has been offered by 11 different schools at this point and he is beginning to take a more serious approach in recruiting.

"I don't really have a top five at this point, but I do have a leader," said Barney. "My leader is Miami. There is no question about that. Miami is a solid leader, but I am still wide open to hear what other schools have to say, and if they can prove that they are a better situation for me than Miami then I will go there.

"I am also considering Oklahoma, Rutgers, Ohio State, Boston College, Auburn, Pittsburgh, Iowa, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Michigan. Oklahoma is a great school and I like them a lot. I know they are losing both offensive tackles next year and they are going to get a great shot to sign me. If they can prove me that academically they have what I need they will have a real chance to sign me."

Barney wants to major in mechanical engineering.

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