08' Intro: Irmo HS WR/DB Leander Barney

SCPrepNation.com catches up with another class of 2008 standout from Irmo High School in Leander Barney. Barney, the 5-8 170 pound standout, accounted for over 1,700 yards of total offense, and 18 touchdowns for the Yellow Jackets last season. Come inside with SCPrepNation.com as we take a closer look at one of the more exciting prospects in the state.

Leander Barney is an exceptional athlete who truly has a knack for excelling and making plays on the field. Last fall Leander put together quite an exciting season playing under center. "Last year I played quarterback," Barney said. "I had 967 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns on the ground; passing the ball I had 756 yards, and 8 touchdowns."

Last season during the second round of the play-offs, several viewers were on hand to witness the highlight show Leander put on in front of a home crowd against Rock Hill. "I had a real good game against Rock Hill in the play-offs last year. I had three touchdowns passing, I ran one in, and I returned a punt for a touchdown."

It is safe to say that after that game, it didn't take colleges very long to take notice of the Irmo High standout. Barney has been receiving attention from several small schools along with a couple of ACC schools, Maryland and Virginia. "Maryland has probably been recruiting me the hardest so far. They just recently came by the school to see me. I like them a lot. They're really cool, their people are really nice."

Barney has attended quite a few camps/combines in the past. He is in the process of finalizing his plans to take his show on the road one last time this summer. He will be taking a trip to Gainesville to camp with the Gators, and will also be taking his second trip to the University of Auburn for their football camp as well.

Leander plays the game with such a high level of confidence looking to be a threat every time he touches the ball. On the field, he feels that he is a true leader and a playmaker. "I have the strength to take over the game. If I see something that needs to be done to help the team, I try to do it."

Barney will be making a switch from QB to WR/DB come this fall. There is no doubt that this move will be of best interest for his future. But don't be surprise if he makes an occasional appearance under center.

Stay tuned to SCPrepNation.com for all the latest news on Leander Barney as he prepares for his senior campaign.

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