Edison (Alexandria, VA) wide receiver Ben Barber has made unofficial visits to Maryland, Penn State, Virginia and Virginia Tech this offseason. He certainly has been thinking about recruiting, but for now he is giving most of his attention to his team and his senior season. After finishing as the runner-up in the AAA Division 5 state playoffs last season, Barber and his teammates put in a tremendous amount of work in preparing for this season.
“Last year’s finish as the state runner-up has really motivated our team,” Barber said. “This past offseason we’ve had the biggest turn out in the weight room in many years. That kind of commitment is the first of many steps to a state championship.”
Barber, who says he now stands at 6-0 and weighs 202 pounds, worked hard to improve his strength and speed. In the process, he has taken more of a leadership role as well.
“This past offseason was the most productive for me in my high school career,” said Barber, who tallied 54 receptions for 1,034 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2006. “I was in the weight room almost every day lifting weights and running routes to perfect my technique and get into good shape for this year. I’ve improved my 40 time and increased my bench and squat max and I’m becoming more of a vocal leader.”
Barber feels the 2007 season will be a special one, though the team does not feel pressure to return to the state title game.
“I expect a great year for our team,” Barber said. “We have a lot of returning starters from last year’s team and that should give us a lot of senior leadership and hopefully gives us an edge this upcoming season. As a team, we know that it is very difficult to win every single regular season game and that is not what we’re out to do. We’re there to give our all in every single game and improve every week.”
At this time, Virginia Tech is the only school to have extended a written scholarship offer. Penn State, Tennessee and Virginia have expressed some interest as well.
“I’ve not narrowed my list of schools yet,” Barber said. “I’m hoping to be closer to a decision by mid-year. That way, I’d have a few games under my belt and more game film to show coaches.”
Virginia Tech has impressed Barber, who plans on checking out the Florida State and Miami games in Blacksburg. He plans to attend those games with his mother and...
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