He has had a busy summer preparing for what should be a break out year for the Monarch quarterback, if a 2-year starter for one of the most storied programs in the West really needed a breakout season.
"Yeah, most of my summer has been passing league and watching film," he said after a thrilling final against Long Beach Poly at Nike's 7 on 7 Passing Tournament. "We have a system where I can break down every play from last season and it's become very helpful."
The rivalry between Mater Dei and Mission Viejo was rekindled. In a semi-final match up, Mater Dei coasted to a 37-14 victory. It was obvious on Friday that there is no love lost between the fans, players, and coaches.
"That game was intense but you know, I don't get caught up in that stuff," Barkley said, "I'm just here to play ball. Its fun to see people get excited but you still have to play."
And while he talked about the excitement of having to play, several schools would be very excited to have him come play for them, with 10 schools already having offered Barkley, despite being 19 months away from him signing a letter-of-intent.
"I really like SC," Barkley said, "The atmosphere and the energy level at practice, I'm leaning towards them. Coach Sarkisian is a good coach and learning from him would be awesome."
Another school that has produced it's share of quarterbacks also received a mention.
"I still would like to take an official visit to Notre Dame but I don't know when," he added.
So will USC get their 3rd commitment for the class of 2009 (joining Morrel Pressley and Marquis Simmons)?
"Well, I'm close to a decision but it most likely won't be until this fall," said Barkley.