Barr Has a Complicated Mix

The #6-ranked defensive tackle in the nation, Lakewood (Calif.) High's Todd Barr, has taken one official visit so far, and has six schools he's considering, and says, "If I had a leader I would have committed by now"...

Todd Barr, the 6-foot-3, 265-pound defensive tackle from Lakewood High School, Calif., still favors, while denying a leader, Washington, Florida, California, Oregon, Miami and UCLA. All have offered.

"I don't have a leader right now because I like all of these schools," he said. "If I had a leader I would have committed by now."

Barr recently took an official to Washington during its game against Nebraska, and will head out to Florida this weekend when they play LSU.

"I'll probably get out to both Miami and Cal in December," he said. "And my fifth visit is a high possibility between Oregon and UCLA. I'm really going to narrow this list down to five in a few weeks, but I don't know which team will drop off at this point."

Barr says he had a great time on his trip to see the Huskies.

"I had a great time and that was actually my first time in the state of Washington," he said. "Even though they had a rough game against Nebraska, the crowd there was absolutely amazing. I like what the coaches are doing there and I also like how their whole defensive playbook is similar to what we have at my high school, so it would be an easy transition for me to play there.

"I think it was a big accomplishment for them to beat USC again, especially for coach (Steve) Sarkisian to do it at the Coliseum – that's a big deal."

Barr's really looking forward to his trip to the other side of the country to see the Gators this weekend.

"I've had a great time talking with their coaching staff so far," said Scout.com's No. 6 defensive tackle. "I'm excited to get out there for a visit because I had a great time out there over the summer for an unofficial visit, and now I get to go and see a game. I also like how they rotate their defensive linemen because it keeps everything fresh. I've also got the opportunity to go there and play early. They've got a great fast tempo on defense, and I also think that coach (Urban) Meyer has done some great things for the state of Florida."

Cal, Oregon, Miami and UCLA are all still very much in it.

"Coach (Tosh) Lupoi (defensive line) is a great coach at Cal – very young and active," he said. "I also like the rest of the staff there and I like how their program is on-the-rise. And I love the defense they run in the 3-4 – I'd love to be a part of that.

"Oregon has runs some amazing practices that are real up-tempo," he said. "They like to run a no-huddle offense to get their defenses in good shape. Plus coach (Chip) Kelly is just an amazing technician as a coach. He's got some great abilities in leading that team.

"When I was at Miami over the summer, I just felt really comfortable there especially with the coaches," he said. "I like their tradition, and I like how they use the word ‘family' a lot. A lot of the schools recruiting me say the same thing about that, but at Miami I just really felt it out there.

"UCLA is also in the mix because they're in my backyard and their program's on-the-rise," he said. "They've had some good games against Texas and Washington State and I talk with their coaches often. It would be especially good for me to go there so that my parents could get out to my games. But location is not going to affect my decision."

Lakewood (5-0) will play Long Beach Poly on Friday.

Barr says he has about 30 tackles, two forced fumbles and six sacks this season.

He reports a 3.7 GPA and won't furnish is July SAT score.

"I felt really comfortable at the test, so I really don't think I'll retake it," he said.


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