Ben Barber stayed close to the Virginia Tech program last fall, attending a junior college near Tech. He will officially become part of the program when he enrolls in Blacksburg next weekend, 11 months after signing a letter of intent with the Hokies.
Edison (Alexandria, VA) head coach Vaughn Lewis is excited to see his former star in action again this spring and later on in the summer. The 5-11, 190-pound Barber starred at quarterback his senior season but earned 2006 first-team all-state honors at wide receiver, the position he is projected to play under Frank Beamer.
“I think they could’ve used him at wide receiver this year,” Lewis said. “The thing about Ben is that he could be a great wide receiver or a great cornerback or defensive back. He played defensive back for us and had three interceptions to help us win against West Springfield his senior year. He is an outstanding athlete. As a receiver, he can juke and go up and twist his body to catch the ball in ways you didn’t think a body could twist. He has great hands, too.”
Barber has been focused mainly on academics this past fall, working hard to get a head start before he begins his Tech career. He hasn’t lifted too many weights, Lewis says, but he has kept in shape.
“He is working hard, running-wise,” Lewis said. “He is running and keeping in shape. Academics are what he needs to focus on, but I’m expecting great things from him on the field. He is an amazing athlete. I’m glad things are working out they way they are for him.”
Coach Lewis adds that Barber was a tremendous leader for his team, especially in his junior and senior seasons. He hopes to see Barber continue to work hard on the next level.
“I hope Ben realizes how hard he has to work on the next level to succeed,” Lewis said. “He was the best athlete on our team, but at Tech all of the kids are the best athletes. Being a great athlete isn’t enough in college. You have to want it more than the others.”
Barber, the brother of former Tech standout Willie Pile, hauled in 54 receptions for 1,034 yards and 12 touchdowns his junior season. For his senior season performance at quarterback, he earned honorable mention all-metro honors by the Washington Post.
Barber’s younger brother, Levi, took over control of the Edison offense as starting quarterback in 2008. Coach Lewis...
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