Decision Near, PK Barbir Focused on Training

Cumming (Ga.) Forsyth kicker Alex Barbir spoke with Scout about the training behind a 71-yard field goal. With a new Big Ten offer in the fold, where does Rutgers stand and when could the talented special-teamer decide?

Cumming (Ga.) Forsyth kicker Alex Barbir woke up social media two weeks ago when he flaunted leg strength on video with a 71-yard field goal.

The stellar kick, and impressive camp season, most recently earned him an offer from Illinois. Rutgers, however, remains the leader for Barbir as decision time approaches.

“Right now, Rutgers is still No. 1,” Barbir said. “I’ve visited them multiple times. I’ve met with the coaches. I enjoyed the campus. Right now they’re No. 1 for sure.”

The recruiting dead period ends this week, and Barbir wants to visit Illinois before he decides.

“I’ll be there around the 21st or 22nd, I’m not exactly sure what date,” he said. “I plan on having a commitment some time in that week. I want to be able to really weigh every option before I make that decision.”

At leader Rutgers, head coach Kyle Flood, special teams coordinator Phil Galiano and graduate assistant Sean Barowski recruit Barbir.

“I love all three,” he said. “There’s not a lot of schools where coaches seem to get along and care and tell you how it is.”

A decision is on the way for Barbir, but the primetime kicker remains focused on personal training. He works closely with One on One Kicking – a program run by founder Mike McCabe.

Barbir is halfway through a July training stint in Arkansas, under what he describes as “pretty much the godfather of kicking and punting.”

“They have a bunch of their top college guys come here and we train every day,” Barbir said. “In the morning, we train for three hours of kicking and drills and a bunch of different stuff. Later in the day, we go down to the weight room and do lifting, agility, running, core work, film. Every day I’m getting better and better.”

Barbir workshops with many college kickers including Minnesota kicker Ryan Santoso, Texas State kicker James Sherman, ECU kicker Davis Plowman and former Purdue kicker Cody Webster.

“I’ve been in school for a year, but I’m still learning every day,” Barbir said. “I get tips on what to expect in college compared to what I’m doing now. The learning is more about the details and smaller things. It’s like having your plant foot one foot over or two. It can make a huge difference in the type of ball that you hit.”

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