Gamecocks Chasing Sunshine State OL

Lake Gibson (Lakeland, FL) 3-star offensive lineman Ricky Barnum is considered by many to be one of the top line prospects in the Sunshine State's class of 2008, and with twenty-six offers to his credit, Barnum has the offer list to back it up. Where does South Carolina stand with this top offensive line target? Read inside to find out.


The 6'4", 260 pound Barnum, who is versatile enough to play any of the five positions along the offensive line, has the frame and athleticism to develop into an elite lineman on the college level. Thus, it's no surprise that he is one of the most hotly pursued targets in the Sunshine State this year. According to Barnum, his offer list continues to grow, but he is beginning to focus on a select group of schools.

"Recruiting's going good. I'm up to twenty-six offers. Michigan's the most recent school to offer," said Barnum. "I have around a top ten: Florida, Alabama, Georgia Tech, Georgia, USF, West Virginia, South Carolina and Miami. I don't like to forget teams, but those are the ones I can remember right now."

One team that has come on strong of late is South Carolina, and while Barnum isn't as familiar with the Gamecocks as he is some other schools, he has a positive impression of what they have to offer and looks forward to learning more.

"I like their coaching staff. They're great coaches. You can tell when you talk on the phone with them that they're cool coaches to hang around with and stuff like that," said Barnum. "I'm not too familiar with (South Carolina), but I'm supposed to set up a date sometime soon to go visit them."

The athletic lineman, who is being recruited by Coach David Reaves for the Gamecocks, is in no hurry to make a decision on his college choice, and he will likely take his official visits once football season comes to and end.

"I'm probably going to take my official visits after the football season. I'd say I probably won't commit to a school until signing day."

When it does come time for Barnum to decide on his college choice, he said he will look for a few key factors to ultimately help him choose which school is right for him,

"First, they have to have a great education. I want to play for a winning team and great coaches. It depends on how long the coach is going to be there."

According to Barnum, he has a lot to offer when competing in the trenches.

"I'm aggressive. A lot of coaches tell me I'm a technician at what I do, because I'm good at my technique. I've got long arms and quick feet. I just word hard on the field and try to outwork the man in front of me."

Barnum, who helped lead Lake Gibson to a week one victory over Kathleen High School, closed by sharing what goals he has set for his senior season this fall.

"My goals are to go to state, go undefeated and come out nationally ranked. That‘s all you can ask for."


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