Barr Keeps Busy with Process

Lakewood (Calif.) defensive tackle Todd Barr is focused on his senior season and recruiting, which has taken him on two official visits and plans for three mores...

Lakewood (Calif.) defensive tackle Todd Barr (6-3, 265), is done with two official visits, and the next few months will be deciding where the next three will be.

For the four-star defensive tackle, the once-anticipated recruiting process is beginning to wear on him, but he's not quite to the point where he's ready to make a decision.

Barr visited Washington last month and two weeks ago, he took in official trip number two, this one to Florida.

"My trip to Florida was a great experience, and it showed me the SEC experience and what it was like," said Barr. "My host was Michael Taylor. He took me around to a lot of the guys and I actually talked with Ronald Powell a lot, about the whole transition from California thing. He said it was hard to leave home but well worth it."

Barr also got plenty of face time with the Florida coaches.

"It was real evened out," said Barr. "I talked with Coach (Dan) McCarney, Coach (Brian) White, Coach (Teryl) Austin and Coach (Urban) Meyer. They told me I could come in and play any of those defensive line spots, depending on how I grow."

Barr said he's looking to take two visits in the next couple of weeks.

"I'm going up to Cal this week, but we're not quite sure yet if it will be an official or an unofficial visit," said Barr. "I'm going to Oregon during my bye week (November 6th). And I may try and go officially visit Miami too. I'm very interested in Miami."

Barr said he's uncertain if he'll visit UCLA officially, since he's frequented the campus many times, but said he could end up deciding on an official trip.

"I've seen UCLA so many times, so it's a real hard one to say if I'll visit officially," said Barr. "But maybe to get the full effect of the school, I will take a visit there."

For Barr, it's a six-horse race, with Cal, Miami, Florida, Oregon, UCLA and Washington comprising that group.

"I wouldn't necessarily say I have a favorite," said Barr. "I like all of them so much so it's hard to put one in the lead."

Two of his teammates have committed to schools he's considering, Rahim Cassell to Oregon and Torian White to UCLA, and he said both are pitching their respective schools to him.

"They're definitely telling me about why I should commit to each, but they also know it's my decision," said Barr.

Barr had initially hoped to make his decision around the UnderArmour Game, but now he said a decision could come prior to that trip to Orlando.

"I think I might do it before that," said Barr. "It's definitely a possibility."

Barr said his phone is consistently ringing, and that he talks with numerous head coaches when fielding calls.

"I talk to Coach Meyer every single week, and I talk with Coach (Jeff) Tedford, Coach (Rick) Neuheisel and Coach Sark (Steve Sarkisian) regularly.

Several schools have come and watched Lakewood play this fall.

"We've had Oklahoma, Stanford, Arizona State, Washington and then UCLA came and watched us last week," said Barr.

Barr has faced constant double and triple teams this year, a measure of frustration for him, but he said it's freeing up his teammates, so it's not all bad.

"It's frustrating at times but if it frees up other players, they'll get to the ball," said Barr. "I'm moving all around, it depends on the offense we're facing. I'm playing some tight end too and I have three touchdowns."

Barr has added 40 tackles and seven sacks as well as two forced fumbles as well for Lakewood, who's 6-1 on the year and faces Long Beach Jordan this week.

Academically, Barr has a 3.7 GPA and scored a 1465 on the SAT.


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