Massive lineman picks Vandy

Alex Barr, a 6-foot-7, 285 pound lineman from Starrs Mill high school in Fayetteville, Ga., has committed to Vanderbilt. Look inside to find out what attracted this massive future Commodore tackle to Vanderbilt.

"I committed last week," said Alex Barr.

Vanderbilt's reputation of solid academics and excellent degree programs were Barr's primary reasons for picking the Nashville school.

"Mainly it was just for the good education that I'll get," said Barr who has a 3.65 GPA and scored a 23 on the ACT.

Barr, who has run a 5.1 in the forty, has quick feet and excellent speed for a big lineman. He said that the Commodore staff plans to use him initially as a right tackle and eventually use him for either side.

Barr says he called Vanderbilt offensive line coach Herb Hand last Sunday to tell him he had committed.

"He was very happy," said Barr.

The huge lineman caught the attention of recruiters at a camp in Auburn in the early summer. Later Barr camped at Vanderbilt in July and was told that he should be watching his mail for an offer soon. However, with the coaching transition the offer was put on hold until Hand, then the new offensive line coach, could evaluate him. Vanderbilt then pulled the trigger in early September and offered Barr after he visited for the Northwestern game.

Barr was present with his parents during yesterday's 52-6 victory over Eastern Michigan. Although he grew up rooting for Georgia and was recruited by Auburn, Barr says he is solid with Vanderbilt even if other schools offer later. Barr also drew interest from South Carolina, Alabama, Kentucky, Middle Tennessee, and East Carolina.

Barr and his fellow Starrs Mill offensive linemen recently helped running back Zach Laskey to set a school record single game rushing record of 222 yards.

Barr is the ninth prospect and fourth offensive lineman known to have committed to Vanderbilt. For a complete list of Vanderbilt commits click HERE.

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