"My coach called me from class and I went to see Thomas Brown and the defensive coordinator (Dave Aranda)," Barry told BadgerNation. "We were talking briefly and he was telling me a little bit about the program. After school Coach Brown called me and told me that he would like to extend an offer out to me. I was just happy, real happy."
Barry's relationship with Brown runs deep. Brown was the first coach to offer Barry a scholarship when he was the running back coach at Marshall, and the two had continued developing their relationship after Brown was hired at Wisconsin in February.
"Coach Brown was telling me that they believe in me and all he did was show the coaches my tape and he told me that they were going crazy," said Barry. "They love my playmaking ability … I got much respect for Coach Brown. He was the first coach to offer me and that means a lot. He was the first person to look at me and say, ‘I believe in this kid.' That meant a lot and much respect for him. With him being from Georgia I want to know why he likes Wisconsin and for them to offer me means a lot."
The 6-1, 210-pound linebacker, who runs a reported 4.5 40-yard dash time, is expecting more news with Oklahoma State possibly offering soon and is getting strong looks from Georgia Tech. Currently Barry has two schools tied at the top for his services.
"Wisconsin and Syracuse are at the top because Syracuse's fan base is awesome, but Wisconsin's fan base is, too," said Barry. "The respect and the relationship I got with Coach Brown is huge. No one has made a bigger impact off their offer than Wisconsin, so I would say in my heart right now that just because I am so cool with Coach Brown that they are tied at the top.
"I just want to know what Wisconsin is about and I love fans and the bigger the crowd, the bigger my game is, so I can't wait to see them."
Citing finding the school with the best fit is more important than distance from home in his recruiting process, Barry is hoping to visit Syracuse in June when he travels to New York for his step brother's wedding and possibly head to Madison following that trip. He plans to start scheduling more visits when school finishes.
"I love the recruiting process," said Barry. "I wasn't expecting this honestly because I didn't get any prestigious awards that I felt like I deserved, but I am not that type guy to take stuff for granted. The opportunity I am getting right now to further my education and go to college for free and help out my mom without paying for college, so I am so grateful."
Transitioning from the defensive side of the ball this past season, Barry quickly learned and adapted to a role that has earned him college opportunities. ,p> "The start of my season wasn't what I had expected," said Barry. "I came into the season really not looking to have the season I did. I was an offensive player and my coach saw me on defense. I just started getting sacks and tackles. I started loving my position right around the fourth game and started getting player of the week and player of the month honors. I had a great season I would say and as the season went on, more schools try to stop me in different ways, so I had to get my stats in other ways.
"In the beginning of the season, I picked up 14 sacks and later on as the season went, I had to get more tackles. Teams started to prevent me from going into the backfield with putting more people on me. I had to learn as the season went because I was an offensive player primarily, but I have done a good job at that side of the ball."