Boilermakers hold early lead for Barr

Jacksonville (Fla.) receiver Chris Barr has built a close bond with the Boilermakers.

Chris Barr has never been to West Lafayette, but he hopes to change that soon.

Purdue will host a Junior Day for prospective recruits, and Barr is hoping to find his way on campus from Jacksonville. The speedy receiver is hoping to see what the Boilermakers have to offer.

"I just want it to be nice and I want to feel like I'm at home when I get there," Barr said.

Barr, a 5-foot-11, 170-pound prospect, holds offers from Purdue, Massachusetts, Memphis, South Florida, Troy, UAB and Utah. The offer from South Florida just came in on Monday, becoming a favorite along with the offer from Utah. Still, one school stands above the rest.

"Purdue is on top right now," said Barr.

One of the reasons for Purdue's status at the top is Barr's relationship with coach Gerad Parker. The two are in constant communication, building a close relationship.

"It's like family," Barr said.

"He was being real with me and telling me the truth. He said, ‘You've got to work for a spot.' I like that."

Overall, Barr has a strong feeling about the Boilermakers. He feels confident that the program is on the upswing and is optimistic he could play a key role in Purdue's offense.

The academic side is another key draw for Barr. He's intrigued by what Purdue has to offer.

"They're a pretty good school," Barr said.

Barr's recruitment has potential to gain more steam as schools like Louisville, Minnesota, North Carolina State and Vanderbilt have expressed interest. He's optimistic that it will continue on a positive track.

"It's going well so far," he said. "It has kind of slowed a little bit, but it's getting better—faster and faster."

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports Next since 2009. Emma covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Northwestern Wildcats, and currently covers the Purdue Boilermakers. A Chicago native, he resides in West Lafayette.
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