2010 Watch: RB/LB Anthony Barr

Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola athlete Anthony Barr received offers from two Pac-10 schools in the last week, including one from UCLA, giving the elite 2010 prospect a trio of offers to consider in the early stages of his recruitment...

Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola athlete Anthony Barr will be one of the most hotly pursued prospects in the class of 2010.

In fact, Barr already is feeling the effects of what will likely be a busy recruitment, with offers from both of the Los Angeles schools joining one from Notre Dame.

"USC just offered me (Wednesday night)," said Barr. "UCLA offered me last week and Notre Dame offered me a while ago. I just want to keep an open mind and I don't want to choose a school right away."

For Barr, the offers from those three were all warmly received.

"When Notre Dame offered me, I wasn't really in shock or overwhelmed but just really happy. It was a great feeling. With UCLA, I was very appreciative, knowing that they want me to play for their school. With USC, it was great that they want me and that's an honor that they would want me to go and play football for their school," said Barr.

Despite being 17 months away from Signing Day, Barr said the early attention has been pretty gratifying.

"So far, it's been great and I'm just trying to take it all in stride. I don't want to make a decision any time soon though. I think I want to take some visits, that would be fun. If I did commit somewhere, it won't be during the season. If I just felt it in my heard, I'd probably commit somewhere. But I'm also interested in some of the Big Ten schools and Pac-10 schools, but nothing that really jumps out at me. I like Notre Dame, UCLA and USC," said Barr.

Barr, at 6-4, 220, has somewhat unconventional size for a running back, but that is what he plays for the Cubs and what he'd like to play in college.

"I don't know where exactly I'll play in college, but I enjoy running back. I don't know if I'm done growing though, I could keep growing and up on defense, either as a defensive end or strongside linebacker," said Barr.

Notre Dame offered Barr as an athlete, as did UCLA while USC offered him as a running back.

Growing up, there was one school that Barr gave all of his attention too.

"Notre Dame has always been my favorite, watching them on TV at 11:30 every morning on Saturdays," said Barr. "As a kid that has always been my favorite. My uncle Reggie Brooks player there. He wants me to do what I want to do and he supports me either way. But I'm sure deep down inside he wants me to go to Notre Dame."

Meanwhile, Barr has two teammates that have ties to the two L.A. schools. Nick Holt Jr., is the son of USC defensive coordinator Nick Holt and Jerry Neuheisel is the son of UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel.

"I'm pretty sure neither of them talk about schools to me and haven't pressured me, but they probably will. It will be funny.

Last weekend, in a win over Mira Costa with Pete Carroll in attendance, Barr had 16 carries for 232 yards and two touchdowns.

This weekend, Loyola will face Palos Verdes before a huge showdown next weekend with the top team in the West, Concord De La Salle.

"We're focused on this week. We just want to go out there and prove to people we're a very good team. Then when it comes to De La Salle, we'll worry about them.


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