Barber Working To Be The Best

Jared Barber has had quite a three year run at middle linebacker for Davie County High School's varsity football team. He has accumulated over 400 tackles and is the catalyst for the War Eagle defense. DeaconSports caught up with Barber to talk about his career to date as well as his expectations for next season.

Jared Barber has all the tools college coaches are looking for in a linebacker. He has good speed, loves to hit, and has a real nose for the football. The 6'1, 223 pound tackling machine is coming off of a spectacular junior season. During that season, Barber accounted for 149 tackles, 27 tackles for loss, 6 forced fumbles, 4 fumble recoveries, 2 sacks, and 1 interception.

"Last season was a bit of an off season for us," says Barber. "We went 5-7 which is not Davie County material. We were young and lost some close games. I think we will build on that though and have a successful 2010. As far as my individual play, I think I did OK. Overall I'm pretty happy with how I played but I always see things I want to get better at. I'm never satisfied."

Never being satisfied is one of the main reasons Barber is an exceptional linebacker. "I think my work ethic is what sets me apart from some other players. I'm not always the biggest or fastest out there but I work hard. I am the first one at practice and the last one to leave. It's the same with the weight room. I have a great drive to always get better."

All of the hard work is paying off. Barber has a number of Division I offers and interest at this point in his recruitment. "Wake Forest and N.C. State have both offered. I am hearing from Duke, Stanford, East Carolina, UNC, Illinois, Penn State, Clemson, Virginia, and West Virginia."

Barber recently took the 25 minute trip to visit Wake Forest for a spring practice and liked what he saw. "I went to watch them practice last Tuesday and it was great. I talked with Coach Grobe and he is just an awesome man. He really cares about his players and that stood out to me. I also loved how Coach Russ worked with the linebackers. He was really getting down and dirty with them. He is a really nice guy and is very intense. He interacts a lot with his players."

Barber also indicated that he liked the fact that Wake Forest was not far from home and family and friends could come see him play often.

What will Barber be looking for in a college? "I pray about it nightly. I know God will tell me where I need to be. I to find a place I can grow as a person and in my religious beliefs. I want a place that feels like home. If something happens like an injury, I want to be somewhere that I can be happy just being a regular student. I want it to have a family atmosphere like we have here at Davie."

Barber is looking forward to a successful senior season at Davie County. He said that all the players are working hard this offseason and are ready to get 2010 started.

Whenever a tackle is made by the Davie County defense next season, you can almost bet that Jared Barber will be in on it.

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