His junior numbers are staggering. One hundred forty-nine tackles. Twenty-seven stops behind the line of scrimmage. Six forced fumbles and another four recovered. But even those record-setting numbers don't have Jared Barber satisfied.
The Davie County standout continues to work and push himself, and is aiming to have even greater success from both a personal and a team standpoint, during his upcoming senior season. Mixed in with that work, however, is the matter of recruiting, which he hopes to wrap up this week. Barber, rated as the 31st best middle linebacker in the country, will choose from the trio of West Virginia, Wake Forest and North Carolina State before the month is out.
"I'm visiting West Virginia on the 28th and 29th, and it could all be wrapped up by the 29th," said Barber. "I have visited Wake Forest and N.C. State more than once, but I have just been to West Virginia one time, so I thought it would be best if I had multiple visits there too."
WVU appears to have the lead for Barber, but as everyone knows, things can change quickly in the recruiting game. With family members expected to accompany Barber on his trip to West Virginia, there will certainly be a final all-out push for his commitment.
"I'm looking for a place with the family feel," Barber said of his top priority in choosing a school. "That's the place I'll be spending the next four or five years of my life, so that's important. My family wants me to be sure that whatever school I choose will be a place that I'm comfortable and happy."
Barber's first visit to WVU left him with a good feeling about those aspects of the Mountaineer program.
"It seems like a place where you can grow as a person and become a man while playing for a great university and an awesome fan base," Barber told Steve Williams of PackPride.com. "That definitely opened my eyes up."
A four-year starter, Barber has been a standout performer from the start. He recorded 100+ tackles in each of his first three seasons at Davie County. On film, he reminds of former WVU linebackers such as Reed Williams and Grant Wiley. He has a knack for sifting through traffic and getting to the ball, and is an excellent technician when making tackles.