3-Star LB Looking Hard at Bulls

Sam Barrington is one of the most heavily recruited linebackers in the state of Florida this year with 24 offers so far. USFNation caught up with the 6'2 linebacker to get his thoughts on an exciting summer, what schools are on his short list, and more. Get the inside scoop, only on USFNation.com!

The Bulls have always had a strong linebacker unit, and the staff intends on getting the best players to keep it that way. One prospect that could fit the bill is Terry Parker star linebacker Sam Barrington, whose Braves just began practicing this week.

"Things are going great, we had our first day of practice in pads and we're looking good." said Sam Barrington. "We got a real big scrimmage coming up on Saturday, and in two weeks we got out first game. Also the paper came out three days ago and projected us to have the best defense in Jacksonville, and I'm pretty excited about that."

Barrington is listed at 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds, but said he's almost up to 6'3 and has really worked on his strength and speed during the off-season.

"I've gotten a lot faster, and that's a positive thing for me, said Barrington. "I'm going to be playing a lot of running back and a lot of linebacker. I'm also going to be playing some safety, slot receiver, and return kicks."

The Terry Parker standout recorded 104 tackles, 74 solo, with three sacks and had three fumble recoveries as a junior, and is one of the most heavily recruited linebackers in the state of Florida this year. Barrington claims over 24 scholarship offers, and has a working list of favorites.

"I really don't have a top five, but I have some schools that I'm thinking hard about;" said Barrington. "I'm looking hard at South Florida, Central Florida, South Carolina, Clemson, Purdue, and Illinois. Those are some of the schools."

Barrington has already been to a few summer camps this year, including Friday Night Lights and USF's SuperBull Camp, and talks about his experience.

"It went real good. I already had an offer from USF before the camp, but after talking to the coaches they said the camp made them like me even more, they told me I was the number one guy on their board and said a lot of positive things. I like them myself and also learned a lot at the camp."

The talented linebacker also got a chance to meet with several USF coaches at the camp held at Raymond James Stadium including Coach Leavitt, Coach Burnham and Coach Douglas.

"I speak mostly with Coach Douglas," said Barrington. "Coach Douglas is a real down to earth guy, and I think it's a good thing that he's from Jacksonville, and I live in Jacksonville. He also added "He's real straight up with me and I feel real comfortable talking to him as far as recruiting and maybe becoming a Bull in the future."

Barrington also got to meet Bulls head Coach Jin Leavitt at the camp, and talked to him about a week and a half ago about the whole recruiting process, and what positions he may be playing if he was going to be a Bull.

"There looking at me as a SAM linebacker, and I feel real good about it," said Barrington. "I actually play all three linebacker positions and also play a rover, and as a safety. I bounce around a lot so what ever linebacker position they recruit me for, I'll be ready because I can play all three."

Being a Florida School Barrington said he's very familiar with the school and the football program.

"I know a lot about them, and hear a lot about them, and that's why they are one of the schools I'm thinking about real hard."

With the start of practice this week, recruiting has been on the back burner while he focuses on the upcoming season.

"I'm very excited to start the season. Our first game is in Orlando against Lake Mary, they have a defensive end that's committed to South Florida, a lot of good players, and I'm looking forward to it."

Currently Barrington has one official visit set with Purdue on Nov. 1st, but will start setting more after September 1st.

Stay tuned with USFNation.com to see what other schools make Barrington's visit list.

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