RECRUITING: OL takes notice of OU's draft success

Tampa, Fla. offensive lineman Jim Barrie update.


Somebody has to block for all that speed in Florida, and Jim Barrie is one of the most physical blockers in the Sunshine state. Barrie goes into his senior year as a rare four-year starter, starting at defensive tackle as a freshman before moving to left tackle on offense his sophomore year.

"I play left tackle and I love this position," said Barrie. "I feel left tackle is a perfect fit for me. I just love the game of football and love to play it. When I was younger I went to all these camps and learned how to pass block, and now I feel I do that well. I think I am pretty balanced as a pass and run blocker."

Barrie graded out at 90 percent last year and is part of the school's competitive weightlifting team. Barrie can clean 270 pounds, bench 350 and squat 450.

He attended the Down and Dirty offensive line camp at St. Leo College in Florida his freshman and sophomore year. He also attended the Florida Gator offensive lineman camp last year. Barrie went to the Nebraska and Florida spring games and also attended the Georgia junior day.

Barrie also plans to visit Auburn, Nebraska, Duke, Pitt, Wake Forrest, South Carolina, Central Florida, Iowa State, who have offered him at this point. Barrie expects Florida State to offer soon, and if they do he will visit there this summer as well.

"I also talked to Coach (Kevin) Wilson of Oklahoma today and they are coming by next week," said Barrie. "They sound pretty close to offering, and if they do I will definitely visit there this summer as well.

"Oklahoma is consistently one of the top teams in the nation and I think that Coach (Bob) Stoops is an excellent head coach. Plus, Jammal Brown just went in the first round of the NFL draft, and being an offensive lineman I can't help but notice that."

Does Barrie have a time frame for narrowing down his recruiting choices?

"I think after spring I will start to narrow my choices down," said Barrie. "I am looking for good academics (veterinarian medicine/both parents careers) and I want to play at a school with a national championship caliber program."

Barrie has qualified.

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