Committed Over: Mohamed Barry committed to Wisconsin over Syracuse, his other favorite. Both schools were in a top four along with North Carolina State and South Florida. He also has offers from Georgia State, Marshall, UAB and Wake Forest.
Rated: Barry is currently ranked a three-star prospect by Scout.com.
On Film: Barry is a prospect who plays hard with a high motor. He plays with energy, emotion and his teammates rally around him. At linebacker, he is almost constantly playing inside the box. He is a much better linebacker playing north-south than when he has to move in space. He is aggressive and he really attacks the ball carrier with good speed.
He has a good burst to the ball carrier and he can be used on the blitz. His length is good, but he still needs to add weight, and become better at shedding blocks and playing the ball when it comes right at him.
There is a little stiffness there and he could eventually end up playing inside linebacker as he develops physically. He loves to identify the ball, then attack. You have to love his energy, his physical style of play, and his tenacity. – National Recruiting Analyst Chad Simmons.
Recruiting Impact: As we have stated before, the Badgers are losing a ton of linebackers after this season (five to be exact), so the recent run of linebackers is really welcomed for the UW coaches. Barry said the Badgers like him at the rover position in order him to get him in space and make some plays. The recent guilty verdict of linebacker Dominic Cizauskas for a third degree sexual assault charge likely ends his UW career before it starts, which means it wouldn't be surprising for the Badgers to take another linebacker. I still think UW takes two more backers in this class.
Quotable: "I'm driven. I feel like I am underrated. I just feel like I am going to give (Wisconsin) I can give. I am going to give them my all because I want to win a championship. I want to win so badly. I want to grow with the program and take it to a Rose Bowl or a Big Ten championship. I want to make that into reality. I want to be a player that's going to work every day on his craft to be his best and be a leader on the field. "If you ask my coaches, nobody on the field wants to win more than me. No one switches the switch like me on the field. I am totally different. I am determined to win and make plays for my team. I want the coaches to count on me to make the plays. I am not scared of the responsibilities that come with being the leader of a football team. I want it on me. Some people shy away from that. I want to be that player they can count on to win that championship. I am motivated and determined to win. "I am going to represent the University always, make the right decisions, be a role model for the kids in the community and be a hero to the upcoming football players out of high school. I just want to play ball, have fun and bring energy on the field."
Final Thought: Barry was originally planning on taking an unofficial visit to Syracuse this weekend, but has since canceled the visit. After originally saying he was going to "owe it to Syracuse" and take an unofficial and an official to upstate New York, it appears Barry is sticking solidly with his decision.This commitment shows that Thomas Brown – a young, energetic coach with ties to the state of Georgia – has the chance to be a productive recruiter for the Badgers.