Vanderbilt commitment taking other visits

Alex Barr, out of Starr's Mill High School in Fayetteville, Ga., just played in the school's first state championship game in their history. The big 6-7, 270 offensive guard, committed to Vanderbilt since October, is looking at the changes going on with the Commodore coaching staff. James Franklin is taking the helm as head coach and Barr's talking a wait-and-see approach.

"When I talked on the phone with Coach Franklin for the first time last night," said Alex Barr, "I came away impressed with what he had to say. We had a good talk."

One factor for Barr may be who Franklin retains on the current Vanderbilt staff. His recruiter was Des Kitchings, the running game coordinator, and Herb Hand, the offensive line coach.

"I haven't had a chance to speak with Coach Kitchings, but I did talk with Coach Hand," said Barr. "All I really know so far about Coach Franklin is he was the offensive coordinator at Maryland, and he said he was bringing some of their coaching staff with him to Vanderbilt."

Barr was named All-Region at Starr's Mill as a junior. This year he was the anchor on the offensive line which guided Panther team to a 14-1 record coming up just one win shy of a Georgia state championship (AAAA) to Chattahoochee High School in Atlanta's Georgia Dome. Now Barr looks to prepare himself for college after graduation in May.

"I'm playing basketball which helps me to stay on my feet," said Barr. "I'll also be doing a lot of work in the weight room trying to get bigger and stronger. My goal as a freshman is to go in and at least make second string."

Barr's is receiving heavy interest from local Georgia Tech, South Carolina, and N.C. State.

"This past weekend I was in Raleigh on an official to N.C. State," Barr said. "The visit went really well. At this time, I'm still committed to Vanderbilt."

Barr wore No. 69 for the Starr's Mill Panthers. He reports a GPA of 3.6.

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