OL Oscar Barron Looking Forward to SJSU Trip

Offensive lineman Oscar Barron of Buena Park (Calif) High School will be heading the San Jose today for his first official visit of his recruiting adventure. Inside Sparta spoke on Thursday with Barron, and he said he's excited to learn more about the Spartans.

The word is getting out that San Jose State football is a program on the rise. An improved 5-7 record over the previous season's 1-12 tally is showing prospects that second-year head coach Mike MacIntyre is talking straight when he tells them SJSU will only get better.

One such student-athlete is Oscar Barron of Buena Park (Calif) High School. The big man will be joining teammate Josh Tupou this weekend on an official visit to the San Jose State campus. It will be his first official visit.

"I'm excited to check out the school and the campus and the city," Barron said. "They're building a program up there and I want to be a part of that."

The 6-foot-4, 268-pound Barron also has an offer from Alabama State and says he's keeping them in mind. He mentioned a desire to go out of state in order to get the full college experience of being away from home, but added that the advantage of attending SJSU is that his family could see him play regularly.

"San Jose State is close enough for me to go home if I wanted to, but far enough away that I could have my own life," he said. "I've never been to San Jose but I've heard really good things about the city."

Along with the two school that have offered, Barron said he's also hearing from Portland State and Montana. An outstanding student who reports a 3.6 core grade-point-average, Barron's dream is to attend an Ivy League school. However, he said he hasn't yet heard from any of the eastern schools.

"I'd like to major in political science or sociology," Barron said. "I want to go to law school after that."

Barron did not rule out the possibility of making his verbal pledge for the Spartans during his trip. While visiting with his teammate, he said that the two haven't discussed in detail the idea of attending school together.

"It would be nice, but it's not something that we're set on doing," he said.

Buena Park finished the season at 8-3, 4-1 in league play, and bowed out in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Playoffs after a 13-3 loss to Foothill of Santa Ana. Barron said he is considering participating in the shot put this spring as a member of the BP track and field team.

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