The Uniqueness of Anthony Barr

Being the #6-ranked running back in the nation -- and still having schools look at you for other positions -- is what makes the 6-4, 220-pound Anthony Barr from Los Angeles Loyola so unique. He talked about where he is in his recruitment...

Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola athlete Anthony Barr (6-4, 225) is still taking things in his recruitment relatively slow, focusing on his track season instead.

"I've been really busy with track so I haven't gotten a chance to go to any Junior Days or Spring Games," said Barr. "Once track ends, I'll start working out for football and focusing on my recruitment a little more."

Thanks to the proximity to home, Barr was able to take in spring practices at USC and UCLA, but that has been it.

"I went to Notre Dame during the fall but that's about it," said Barr. "I went to USC and UCLA a couple times to see their practices. I'm not sure I'm going to be going to any camps during the spring or summer either. I'm just going to focus on Loyola football in the summer because we have a chance to really put Loyola back on the map and that's my first priority."

Still, Barr hasn't shut down his recruitment, and he knows the May evaluation period will make Loyola a hot spot. "A lot of coaches have said they'll be by the school and are looking forward to seeing me," said Barr.

The #6-ranked running back by Scout.com, Barr has 11 offers, but said no one is standing atop the list. "I have a couple of schools on top, but I haven't done any narrowing down, so I'm saying I'm wide open right now," said Barr.

Barr did acknowledge, though, that a few schools have been more active in his recruitment. "I wouldn't call them aggressive, but more active and recruiting me the hardest," said Barr. "Those are Notre Dame, Stanford, UCLA, Tennessee, Cal and USC. But, like I said, I'm considering all the offers I have."

Barr said he's built a good rapport with the coaching staffs at those six schools.

"Coach (Brian) Polian is recruiting me at Notre Dame, Coach (Willie) Taggart at Stanford, Coach (Wayne) Moses and Coach (Rick) Neuheisel at UCLA, Coach (Lane) Kiffin at Tennessee, Coach (Ron) Gould at Cal and Coach (Ken) Norton and Coach (Pete) Carroll at USC," said Barr.

And while he can play on either side of the ball, the majority of attention is coming on offense.

"It's been mainly running back or athlete, but Notre Dame said they could see me making a big impact on defense," said Barr. "I'm fine either way, it doesn't really matter to me which side I play on. I just want to play."

Barr's been selected to the U.S. Army All-American Game, and said if he's got a decision to make by then that would be an ideal venue.

"I'm not going to take my visits until after my season, so that might not be until November or December," said Barr. I want to take all of them and once my decision is sure, I'll announce. It would be cool to make it at the Army game, but only if I'm ready."

Barr's family ties are strong to the Irish, and while he said they are high on Notre Dame, they're leaving the decision up to him. "They're allowing me to make my decision, but all of my family went there and I've been around it my whole life, so I know they'd like me to go to Notre Dame," said Barr.

As a 2008 junior, Barr earned First Team All-State Underclass Honors, rushing for 1,890 yards and 20 touchdowns.

Academically, he has a 3.4 GPA and will take the SAT in June.


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