Bruins Impress Barber

Peyton Barber traveled across the country this weekend to visit UCLA. It was the first time on the Bruin campus for this Ole Miss commitment and they impressed him...

"It was my first time to UCLA and I enjoyed it. It was definitely a different atmosphere out there than back at home. I really like how the people engage in conversations, I like how everyone is down to earth, and it was just a good visit," Peyton Barber told Scout from the airport.

Los Angeles stood out to Barber because of the weather, but on the UCLA campus, not only did the coaches catch his attention, but the school itself did as well for what they have to offer.

"I really like the academics at UCLA. I know if I go there and football does not work out, then I can get a great job. That probably stood out to me more than anything else because football is not forever.

"I also liked being around the coaches. Their message to me was how they play the best players. They do not care about the age or anything, they will play the best. They told me they would give me a fair shot at playing early and I like what they were telling me."

The 5-foot-10, 220 pound running back out of Alpharetta (Ga.) Milton spent a couple of days on the UCLA campus and he liked what he saw, but he is not ready to open his recruitment back up or make a switch from Ole Miss.

"I am definitely interested in UCLA after this visit, but I am still committed to Ole Miss right now though," he said.

"I enjoyed everything about the visit and it was even better than I expected it to be. I still have to take an official visit to Ole Miss in two weeks and I will know more after that, but I still feel I am fairly strong to them."

If a school wants to steal Barber from the Rebels, it appears it will not be easy.

"I have a very strong relationship with the coaches at Ole Miss. I really like them, I feel like I know them well, and I like them a lot. I like how they are men of faith and that is big to me too."

Other than an official visit to Ole Miss on the weekend of January 26, he also has an official visit to Tennessee scheduled for next weekend. Texas has gotten into the mix as well since Terry Porter joined the Longhorn staff.

Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.
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