Cumming (Ga.) South Forsyth kicker Alex Barbir could be that man after he earned a verbal scholarship offer Wednesday and returned to campus for a Friday unofficial visit.
Rutgers “is No. 1” on his list, and Barbir has an ideal decision date of July 6.
“To be honest, I wasn’t even considering Rutgers a few weeks ago,” Barbir said. “I know they liked me a lot, but it wasn’t really truly consider. But after seeing their camp and seeing who they are and having relationships with them and getting an offer, that completely changed. Right now they’re No. 1.”
Barbir earned his offer with a stellar camp showing in front of Flood and special teams coordinator Phil Galiano. He named Rutgers his leader Friday.
“I decided it was best for me to go back today,” he said. “I brought one of my cousins and one of my friends on the visit with me. I went through the facility and the locker room. I got the jersey on. I got to feel what it really is like to be a Scarlet Knight. I met with an academic adviser for 20 minutes. She explained everything to me. Education, obviously is a huge part. My plan A is to do everything I can to go to the NFL and be successful, but you always have to have something in place. I want to study law.”
As a junior, Barbir averaged 70 yards per kickoff, made 75 percent of his field goals with a 56-yard long and made 98 percent of his extra points. He also plays receiver for South Forsyth.
“I went into Rutgers confident,” he said. “I looked at it as a business trip. I had a job to get done. I went in there confident. I said I had to get it done, and that’s what I did.”
Barbir wants to announce on July 6, but said the date is not finalized.
“I just want some time to be able to make the right decision for me.” Barbir said. “I don’t want to pressure myself into making a decision too early. Yeah, it’s a four-year decision, but it’s a lot more than that. I know some people say it’s not four years, it’s 40. But I plan on living a lot longer than that. It’s a life-long decision to me. I want some time to think it over.”