Huskies are high on Barr's list

Washington continues to make in-roads in Southern California and they became one of the first to offer Lakewood (Ca.) DT Todd Barr, a versatile player who had an outstanding junior season. spoke with the talented defensive lineman and he updated us on things including what his first thoughts were when he received an offer from the University of Washington.

Barr is an outstanding athlete, posting solid strength numbers -- a 345-pound bench press, a 275-pound squat and a 415-pound squat -- to go along with outstanding athleticism and speed.

"Coaches really seem to like my 'get-off' and my speed," Barr told "They like the way I run and my footwork and how I use my hands to rush the quarterback."

The fact he runs a 4.81 forty at 265 pounds doesn't hurt either.

Last season, as a starter on one of the top teams in the Golden State, Barr notched 87 tackles, 29 tackles-for-loss and 12.5 sacks.

"I'm good at anticipating the snap-count and I can play either the nose (tackle) or the three (technique)," Barr said. "I can play both, but I think I'm a little better at rushing the quarterback and I'm pretty much used to playing the three-technique.

"With my size, I think I'll fit better inside and that's where pretty much all of the schools have told me they like me, but I could play outside too. It really just depends on how I can help my team the most. I'll do whatever it takes."

Speaking of the schools that are recruiting Barr, Washington was the second Pac 10 school to offer and he said it practically took his breath away.

"I already had an offer from Arizona and then my coach called me in his office after a workout and said that coach (Johnny) Nansen wanted us to call him," Barr recalled. "So we sat down in my coach's office and we talked to him and he said they had just watched my film and really liked me and thought I looked great.

"Then he said 'by the way, coach (Steve) Sarkisian wants to talk to you' and I was like 'oh man, what is going on?'. When he got on the phone with me he said he really liked me a lot and was really impressed with my film and he thinks I'd be a great fit with them and that he was offering me a full scholarship.

"I was like 'whoa!'. I was really excited and impressed. It was so great to get an offer from them. I mean, Talia (Crichton) and me are real good friends and I remembered watching them play USC and beating them last season and watching my friend play and that really made me like them a lot."

Barr also noted that Nansen and Sarkisian are coaches he feels like he can talk to about things both on and off the field.

"What is really great about my relationship with them, is that I feel like things aren't just about football with them," Barr said. "I feel like I could go to them even if it wasn't about football and that is really special and something I'm definitely looking for wherever I go.

"Playing early would be great, but honestly, I think a redshirt season is really important. I want the full college experience and I want to be ready when I get on the field. If the coaches feel like I'm good enough to get out on the field and play, then I'll be excited to do that and I'll do the best I can and give it my all, but if I'm not ready, I trust the coaches to do what is best for me and the team."

In addition to his two offers, Barr said UCLA appears to be on the cusp of offering and will likely take an unofficial visit to Westwood next weekend.

"They want me to come up there for the 27th (of February), so I'm probably heading up there then," Barr said. "Their defensive line coach (Todd Howard) said he wants to offer me, but he wants me to come up and meet with the coaches and that's probably when I will get an offer."

The other schools that have made contact include Oregon, California, Connecticut, Michigan, Tennessee and Nebraska.

Barr said he plans to take all of his visits and is going to discuss with his mother getting up to Seattle to visit Washington during April so he can watch a few practices.

"Most definitely, I want to visit them at some point pretty soon," Barr said. "I think it would be great to get up there and see things up close."

We'll continue to keep tabs on Barr's progress as he gets further into the recruiting process and we'll update news as it breaks.

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