Barge's Star Is On The Rise

L.A. Valley OT Jordan Barge (6-4, 340) has four early offers and once the season gets under way, more schools could be getting in the mix for the huge and athletic prospect...

Barge prepped at Grayson (Loganville, Ga.) High School and was unable to qualify for a scholarship, so he decided to head west and, in 2012, he enrolled at L.A. Pierce.

"I liked the staff there and they had a ton of guys get recruited out of there," Barge told JCFootball.com. "I started there as a freshman in 2012, but then I had a bad quarter with my grades, so I redshirted last year and got my academics right and now I've moved with my coaches over to Valley and I'll play here this fall."

At 6'4", 340 pounds, Barge is a huge man who possesses very good athleticism for his size. He's an aggressive player with a nasty side.

"I'm a good pass-blocker, but I love to run-block," Barge said. "I love being aggressive and pancaking the guy across from me. I feel like I take your manhood when I do that. It's a great feeling to pancake a guy."

This offseason, while getting adjusted to his new school and also keeping on top of his academics, Barge said he's been hard at work on improving in a couple of areas.

"I've been working on my technique a lot and also my footwork," Barge noted. "With my footwork, I want to make sure I'm taking the right step, whether it's a pull step, a reach block step, a power step, I need to have that down so I can be as explosive as I need to be.

"I've also been studying defensive fronts a lot. I want to be able to recognize fronts and who might be coming on a blitz and if I can be aggressive or if I need to get out and get a block."

With his outstanding size, aggressive nature and work ethic, Barge has already garnered four early offers and more schools have told him they want to see his first three games before moving forward with him.

"I have offers from UTSA, Idaho, Western Kentucky and Louisiana-Lafayette right now," Barge said. "I've been talking a lot with San Diego State, San Jose State, Texas Tech, Arizona State, Utah State, Colorado, Marshall and Illinois.

"Most of the ones I am talk to have said they want to see my first couple of games and I'm going to get them my film and then I think a couple more will probably offer after that."

Barge has already taken one official visit and he's set up a visit with another school as he gathers the information necessary to make his decision on which four-year school to attend.

"Back a couple of weeks ago, I took an official visit out to Western Kentucky and I'm going to visit Idaho have my season, probably the first weekend of December, something like that," Barge added. "The visit out to Western Kentucky was great. They have a new staff, for the most part, there. My coach that was recruiting me is still there, but when coach (Bobby) Petrino left, he took a lot of guys.

"People don't know how much they've improved that program. The facilities are great. They are all new and I really had a great time there. I got a good feeling about them."

Barge is on pace to graduate in December and he will have two years to play two following the 2014 football season.

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