Nebraska came hard at Loganville (Georgia) Grayson linebacker Mohamed Barry. And on Jan. 29, its recruiting efforts pay off.
Two days after NU head coach Mike Riley and three assistants visited the linebacker in Loganville — a suburb of Atlanta — Barry gave his verbal commitment to the Huskers to join their 2015 recruiting class.
“It felt good,” Barry told The World-Herald. “Not a lot of people come to an in-home visit with four coaches. It meant a lot that they would sacrifice a lot of time that they could be out recruiting other kids.”
Barry cited “coaching chemistry” as a big reason behind his decision to pick Nebraska over Kansas State and Miami. The 6-foot-1, 210-pounder was previously committed to K-State.
The linebacker also had offers from Miami, N.C. State, Wisconsin, Pittsburgh and Tennessee, among plenty of others.
Barry made his official visit to NU and appeared to enjoy the time in Lincoln. He then hosted the Husker staff that next Tuesday night before committing two days later. He said he specifically has connected with Trent Bray, the Huskers’ linebackers coach, who was joined by Riley, defensive coordinator Mark Banker and assistant Charlton Warren for the three-hour visit in Loganville.
“We hit it off,” Barry said. “It was a relationship we were able to have in a short time.”
Barry becomes the 16th member of this Husker recruiting class, including four who enrolled early at NU for the spring semester. Barry joins Dedrick Young and Tyrin Ferguson among those projected to play linebacker in the 2015 class.
Barry is ranked as a three-star prospect by the four major recruiting websites. He is listed as the No. 94 outside linebacker nationally by 247Sports and No. 80 by ESPN.com.
Asked about his strengths, Barry said he can blitz, pursue, cover, tackle in space — and “do a lot of other things.”
ESPN's insider-only scouting report says Barry "is a very productive run stopper and pass rusher. His toughness, athleticism and tackling ability should allow him to do a variety of jobs effectively on special teams." But it also warns that "developing coverage skills will require time and most likely a redshirt year."
Barry joined World-Herald readers for a signing day live chat. Read the full transcript here.
Here's Barry's tweet announcing his commitment to Nebraska:
And here's his signing day Tweet:
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Coachspeak: “He is one of the most dynamic, explosive players that we’ve ever had. He’s an outstanding football player.” — Larry Grizzle, Grayson assistant coach
Our take: Barry has some of that safety-linebacker “hybrid” feel to him that has served many Blackshirts well in the past. Runs well and always seems to be around the football. Needs a little polish, but his high school staff notes that he isn’t afraid to put in the work and continue to learn the game.
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