Barr Setting His Official Visits

The #6-ranked defensive tackle in the nation, Lakewood (Calif.) High's Todd Barr, has established his first three official visits, and contemplates what schools will get his last two...

Todd Barr, the 6-foot-3, 265-pound defensive tackle from Lakewood High School, Calif., has chosen Florida, Miami and Washington as the first three official visit destinations, starting off with a trip to Seattle on Sept. 11.

"I'm going to Washington in two weeks," Barr said. "I started researching them on the computer after a friend of mine told me how cool of a place Washington was and that I needed to go check it out. I started looking into the school more and the more I saw, the more I started liking them. They kind of grew on me. Plus, they were the first school to offer me."

Next stop for the four-star prospect is Florida on Oct. 16. "I'm going out to Florida for the LSU game," he said. "I just got back not too long ago from visiting there. I had such a great experience on my unofficial visit, that I knew I'd be coming back for an official.

"The level of competition at Florida could only make me a better player," Barr said. "The whole football environment is so intense there. It's just like a belief system out there. There's no other place like it."

Barr said he plans on taking his third official visit to Miami in December. "I know I'm going to Miami sometime in December, I just don't have the specific date yet," said's No. 6 defensive tackle. "There is so much tradition at Miami. Also they are known for sending players to the NFL."

Barr still denies a top five or a leader but says he is considering Oregon, California and UCLA for possible official visits. "Playing in the Pac-10 would be cool," he added. "That's a plus, but not a big influence.

"I've been to Cal a lot," Barr said. "I really like it up there. It's a great campus and a really great football program. They are a possibility for sure.

"I'm thinking about UCLA too," he said. "UCLA is a great school. I'd be close to home (about 30 min) so my mom would be able to come to the games. I really like Coach (Todd) Howard's (defensive line) style of coaching. He's a great guy who I have a lot of respect for."

Barr says he's in no rush to choose from amongst his 25 offers. "I'm not sure when I will do it. Right now, I'm not even sure of my last two visits. I'm just going to take things slow and see what happens."

Barr reports a 3.7 core GPA and is awaiting July SAT results.

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