Focus 2011: DT Todd Barr

Lakewood (Calif.) defensive tackle Todd Barr is seeing more interest coming his way, with his second Pac-10 offer in and more schools starting to keep tabs on the four-star prospect...

On a team that had four players sign with BCS schools a week ago, Lakewood (Calif.) defensive tackle Todd Barr (6-3, 265), has seen first-hand what the recruiting process is like.

That's helped prepare Barr, who is one of the best tackles in the West in the class of 2011, with two offers in and more schools keeping a close watch on him.

Arizona was the first school to offer Barr, doing so last month, and another Pac-10 offer came in on Thursday.

"I got one from the Washington Huskies yesterday," said Barr. "I'm very excited to get another offer. They offered me as a defensive tackle."

Barr said that more schools have been calling the Lakewood coaching staff.

"My coach said the phone is ringing off the hook with colleges," said Barr. "Monte Kiffin (at USC) called my coach this week and said that Coach (Lane Kiffin) will be calling to talk. UCLA and Cal are waiting for my highlight film before offering, and it's on its way to them."

Barr said he doesn't have any early favorites, but does like a host of schools.

"My top schools right now are USC, UCLA, Florida, Oregon, Stanford, Alabama, Texas, Washington and Arizona," said Barr. "I definitely like the Pac-10, but I'm really open right now. Its hard to say who my favorite is. I guess I have to wait and see what my options are."

Barr said the whole recruiting process is more than he anticipated, and he's only in the early stages.

"This is like nothing I ever imagined," said Barr. "I only ever played football to stay busy and active and never even thought about nothing like this happening. At first, it was all for fun until high school. But then all my coaches kept telling me I was going to be one of the best. I still work hard and really don't think about it and just do my best all the time."

And Barr said he's trying to maintain a level head about the process.

"Really, my coach doesn't tell me specifically who is calling because he said he wants me to stay humble," said Barr.

Barr said he's not sure how long he'll take to decide, but hopes to decide before Signing Day in 51 weeks.

"I hope to commit beore then," said Barr. "But I do want to take some official visits because how would I know if I like or don't like a school, if I don't see them."

Barr is coming off a strong junior season, where he was a second team all-state underclass pick. He had 87 tackles, 29 for loss, 12 sacks, five forced fumbles, three pass deflections and two fumble recoveries and helped the Lancers end Long Beach Poly's stranglehold on the Moore League, and helped them to the CIF-SS Pac-5 semifinals.


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