Peyton Barber talks Vanderbilt

Recruiting hasn't slowed down for Peyton Barber despite missing the first six games of his junior season with an injury. The 5-foot-11, 215-pound running back out of Milton High School in the Atlanta area has seen his offer list increase to seven. Barber says his recruiting is very much open, and he is enjoying visiting college campuses.


"I've received offers from Clemson, UCF, Vanderbilt, North Carolina, Louisville, and Georgia Tech," said Peyton Barber. "I've been to junior days at Kentucky, Georgia Tech, Alabama, and Auburn. Alabama and Auburn have sent me a lot of mail and I talk to their coaches at least once a week, but they haven't offered yet."

Barber rushed for 147 yards on 18 carries and two touchdowns in the Eagles' first game of the season game against Northview. He went to rush for 363 yards on 69 carries for an average of 5.26 yards-per-carry for his short season.

"In the spring game against Chattahochee in May, I suffered a high ankle sprain," Barber said. "I made it back for our last four games. I'm working in the off-season and getting stronger and better. I feel like I'm an all-purpose back. I can do anything you ask of me as every down back; running, catching, or blocking."

Vanderbilt has asserted their presence well in the talent-rich Atlanta area and the next stop on Barber's spring schedule.

"I definitely like Vanderbilt," said Barber. "It's a smart school with great academics. I'll be going up there on the 25th of March for a Junior Day. Coach Bankins came by the school last month and offered me. He's my recruiting coach. I talk to him pretty regularly."

Although he has offers from big SEC and ACC programs, Barber still wants to show what he's capable of in his last season at Milton. He rushed for close to 900 yards in his sophomore season and anticipated an even bigger output as a junior prior to the injury.

"I'm definitely hoping to prove to people I deserve what I have as far as the attention and the offers," said Barber. "We have a good team coming back, so our goal is to make a run at state.

"Once I find the right school I'll commit, so there's no real timeline I want to make a decision by. It's just about feeling like I'm at home.

"I'd like to be at a college that provides good academic support. It doesn't matter what kind of offense the team runs as long as I feel like I can fit in with an opportunity to see the field early."

Barber's father, Ken, played college football at Fort Valley State University in central Georgia. The Barber family now lives in Alpharetta close to Milton in Fulton County.

Barber will run the 100 and 200 meter dash in track this spring and the 4X1 relay for the track team. He is coached by Scott Walker in football, and wears No. 25 for the Eagles.

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