Brandon Barden talks recruiting

Lincoln County quarterback Brandon Barden had a host of offers including Troy, Vanderbilt, Kansas State and Wake Forest before deciding to play for Coach Frank Beamer at Virginia Tech. The three-star athlete talked to about the status of his commitment to the Hokies.

Brandon Barden is being recruited at Virginia Tech by defensive backs Coach Torrian Gray.

"Coach Gray came by the school today and then he came by practice as well. We just got done eating super together, so everything is still set for me to go up there to enroll in January."

The 6-foot-5, 219-pound Barden could play a number of different positions at Virginia Tech.

"They may try me out at quarterback, wide receiver or tight end," he said. It's according to how much weight I gain. I might even get a shot at defensive end. They really don't know. They said they were just gonna bring me in there and see what I can do."

On the season, Barden has thrown for 450 Yards and 6 touchdowns and rushed for 476 yards and 10 touchdowns with limited playing time.

"Most guys on our team really don't have the stats that we probably should have," said Barden. "We've got so many guys that run and catch the ball. I haven't really got to play the second half of a game yet. I got to play one full game this season and the rest of the time I've been out at halftime because of the score. But then again, were headed to the Dome, so were not worried about individual stats. We're just trying to win a state championship."

This Saturday at noon, Lincoln County will play the (11-2) Commerce Tigers in the state semifinals at the Georgia Dome. This will be the third meeting in the Dome between the two Class A schools.

"We've seen them on film and they have some good athletes," said Barden. "They're very disciplined and you can tell they have been coached very well. But we have a good game plan, so I hope we can get everything going and hit on all cylinders to win the football game."

On Saturday December 30th, Barden will be back in the Georgia Dome to watch his Virginia Tech Hokies play the Georgia Bulldogs in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

"My Mom just bought five front row tickets on the 30 yard line," Barden said. "I'm looking forward to it. The Georgia fans really give me a hard time about the Bulldogs and the SEC. I hope they can come down here and beat 'em, so I can get a lot of the pressure off me."

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