Recruiting Going Well for Star In-State WR

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Junior wide receiver Ben Barber turned in an excellent performance this past season, helping Edison (Alexandria, VA) to a Northern Region Division 5 Championship title and an appearance in the AAA Division 5 state championship game. The 5-10, 193-pound prospect finished the 2006 season with 54 receptions for 1,034 yards and 12 touchdowns.

As a result of his junior season performance, Barber has received one written scholarship offer and two more schools have indicated they intend to offer.

“I got a letter from Coach Beamer letting me know that they were offering me a scholarship,” Barber said. “I’ve gotten text messages from people at Virginia and Maryland saying they want to offer me. I’m also getting mail from Boston College and Florida and I’m going to Penn State on Saturday.”

Barber has made unofficial visits to Virginia and Maryland. He plans to return to each of these schools for a spring practice and also plans to be at Virginia Tech for its spring game.

“I liked Virginia a lot,” Barber replied when asked how the previous unofficial visits have gone. “I met all the coaches and they all seemed nice. Coach Poindexter, my main recruiter, is nice. Virginia is a good school and what the school has to offer definitely interested me and it interested my mom.

“At Maryland, I talked briefly with Coach Friedgen but I was mostly around Coach Seamonson. Coach Seamonson recruits this area. I also met the wide receivers coach. He went over what a practice is like and everything and then I went to [the] basketball game [against Duke]. It was live. I liked the atmosphere a lot.”

Barber is the brother of former Virginia Tech star defensive back Willie Pile. Does this give the Hokies an edge?

“Him going to Virginia Tech does put them high on my list, but it doesn’t mean I’m definitely going there,” said Barber, who says it would “be nice” to make a decision before his senior season. “I’m still weighing out my options, trying to figure out what school is best for me. I don’t have any real favorites right now. If, at the end, I think Virginia Tech is best for me, then that’s where I’ll go.”

Pile is an important figure in Barber’s life.

“Willie is