Brandon Barden finished his high school career out in outstanding fashion, winning back-to-back Class A state championships. The 6-5, 220-pound Virginia Tech recruit, a passer, runner and receiver for Lincoln County (Lincolnton, GA), is now all set to move on to the next level as he enrolls in Virginia Tech next month.
For now, Barden is just relaxing – hunting and fishing with his father – and enjoying a second state championship title.
“The second time around, everybody is shooting for you,” said Barden, who had one rushing touchdown and threw for another in the 21-14 win over Clinch County last weekend. “It’s hard to stay on top, but it was great to win back-to-back championships.”
In 2006, Barden, who primarily played quarterback but did see time at receiver as well, rushed for around 600 yards, passed for around 500 yards and had about 200 yards receiving. In the off-season prior to his senior year, he says he “worked on my speed a lot. I got a lot stronger. I felt more effective out there.”
Virginia Tech is recruiting Barden primarily as a tight end, but wide receiver could be an outside possibility. Very fast, Barden was timed at 4.57 at a Nike Camp this past spring.
“I really don’t know exactly which position I will play,” said Barden, who will undergo arthroscopic surgery on December 28th. The injury is not serious, as he played through it throughout much of the season. “I haven’t talked much about position. As long as I’m playing, that’s all I want.”
Barden has finished high school and is now a high school graduate.
“It feels good right now,” Barden said. “It hasn’t sunk in yet about college in January, but I’m ready for it. Hopefully, I’ll excel in the classroom. After I committed to Virginia Tech, I thought it would be a good idea to be up there early. It will help me be ahead of everyone else by being in the program longer.”
Barden is currently working on registering for classes at Virginia Tech. He will attend orientation on January 14th. He is looking into Engineering as a major, but admits he will not declare a major just yet. A very good student, Barden estimates he will graduate around 15th in his class.