Edison (Alexandria, VA) senior wide receiver/defensive back prospect Ben Barber decided last week to make a verbal commitment to Virginia Tech. The 6-0, 200-pound prospect wants to go to Virginia Tech – where his older brother, Willie Pile, played – but there still may be some questions in terms of when he can enroll.
“I called Coach Bud Foster last Wednesday and said I wanted to come,” Barber said. “Basically, they just have a numbers situation. They are looking for some guys who commit to come in this coming January or next January. I told him I have my classes in order to come in this January, so when I sign on the dotted line I’ll be coming this January.”
Should Barber not be allowed to enroll this January, he may decide to look elsewhere. Maryland, Penn State and the University of Virginia are options, although Barber says that none of those programs have extended written offers. Virginia coaches have expressed interest in case Barber-to-Virginia Tech doesn’t work out.
“I want to go to Tech and plan on going to Tech, but, if a situation comes up where I would have to enroll in January of 2009, then I don’t want to do that,” Barber said. “It is up to [the Virginia Tech coaches]. If they sort everything out, then I’ll definitely do it.”
Barber, who racked up 54 receptions for 1,034 yards and 12 touchdowns at wide receiver last season as a junior, was moved to quarterback this season. He has led Edison to a 7-1 record so far this season after helping the Eagles to a Northern Region, Division 5 Championship last season.
Barber is being recruited by Virginia Tech initially as a wide receiver, but defensive back could also be a possibility down the road.
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