Ben Barber Checks out PSU, UVa

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Edison (Alexandria, VA) junior wide receiver Ben Barber made unofficial visits to Penn State and Virginia last month. He’ll make visits to other programs in the ensuing months, including a trip to Rutgers for a Nike Camp on May 13th. The 5-10, 190-pound prospect is anxious to show what he can do in New Jersey in two weeks.

“I’m happy to go there,” Barber said. “I’m originally from New Jersey, so I’ll see some family and I’m excited to see them. I’m going there to do what I love, and that’s to play football. I’m ready for the camp.”

Barber enjoyed both of his unofficial visits last month. The visit to State College was for a spring practice.

“I liked Penn State a lot, but they haven’t offered,” Barber said.

Barber visited Charlottesville for UVa’s Spring Game. He enjoyed watching the team, talking to coaches and learning more about UVa’s wide receiver situation.

“I just got to see the team in real action,” said Barber, who was accompanied by his family including his brother, former Virginia Tech standout Willie Pile. “I talked to Coach Poindexter a little bit. I said what’s up to Coach Groh. Besides the rain, everything was good.

“I did check out the offense and I think they could use a little help at wide receiver. They do have a quarterback coming next year in Lalich. He will help them out a lot.”

Maryland, Virginia and Virginia Tech are the only programs that have officially offered, claims Barber. Penn State and Pitt are among the other programs showing some interest. Barber likes the schools that have offered, but he is open to other schools as well.

“I like all the schools,” Barber said of the three that have offered. “Virginia offers a great education. With Virginia Tech, I know the school and they have so much history. Again, there are no favorites here. I’m breaking down the schools one by one.”

There is recruiting, but there is also preparation towards the 2007 season. Barber is focused on both right now.

“Besides recruiting, I’ve been weight lifting,” Barber said. “My team just entered West Springfield’s passing league. I think that will help us a lot to be on point next season. I’m staying on top of my game, too. Plus, I’ve been working out on the track.”