However after taking several trips to the Bay Area, Barton is already relatively well acquainted with several parts of Stanford. Barton said that Stanford's facilities stood out on his previous trips to The Farm.
"The facilities for sure were very, very nice," Barton said. "All the students were well-taken care of. That opened my eyes."
Barton, who visited UCLA a week and a half ago, has been in touch with a variety of Stanford coaches including defensive coordinator Derek Mason and outside linebackers coach Lance Anderson, who is also Barton's regional recruiter.
"I talk to pretty much all the coaches, mostly defense," Barton said. "I would say our relationship has been awesome. They keep in touch with me. They answer any questions I have. I just think they're really good coaches, really good guys."
Barton is being recruited by Stanford, and by most colleges, as a linebacker or safety. A final determination will be made on his position depending "on what happens with my body," Barton said.
Currently, Barton, who plans to take a two-year LDS mission trip after high school, isn't close to making a commitment. He has trips planned to Arizona State and Washington and doesn't anticipate making a decision for at least a few months.
"I'm hoping to make a decision in the summer, be committed by the end of the summer, but right now a lot of schools are really close together," Barton said.
When Barton does decide, academics will play a large role.
"Academics first, then probably coaches, then what direction the program's heading in and then area, the college area," Barton said.
Barton said that Stanford fits those criteria well.
"They're awesome," Barton said of the Cardinal. "Obviously their academics are the best pretty much in the country. Their football has been amazing the past five years or so too. They're community is cool too. I'm actually LDS, so they have a really cool LDS community. I've been there to check it out. Stanford definitely has everything that I'm looking for."
With a strong academic resume (Barton reports a GPA in the high 3.6 range), the talented defender appears on paper to be a perfect fit for Stanford's 2013 class. As such, the coaching staff has already begun to discuss Stanford's admissions process with Barton, and has already discussed extending him an application.
"They're actually trying to get me an early application," Barton said. "I have a bunch of stuff to get in to get an early application."
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