Originally published Feb. 8, 2007 in the Omaha World-Herald
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Barfield is from the same town as former Husker and Heisman Trophy winner Mike Rozier. NU's all-time leading rusher also played in the Jayhawk community college league, at Coffeyville.
"He's got a lot of size and ability. He moves very well. He's got a great work ethic." -- Garden City coach Lucas Aslin
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Barfield was an honorable-mention all-league pick in the Jayhawk Conference. He is a three-star prospect, according to scout.com and rivals.com.
The junior-to-be originally committed to Rutgers in 2004. That February, he prophetically said this of Greg Schiano: "I think Coach Schiano is one of the best coaches in college football." Grades prevented him from enrolling at the Big East school, though. Schiano recruited Barfield again last year, but Barfield chose NU in December over Louisville, Kentucky and others. He's already on campus and enrolled in classes after graduating from Garden City. The past month, he has helped Nebraska recruit Kevin Dixon, a teammate in junior college. Barfield told Dixon that he liked his first month in Lincoln and encouraged him to sign. The pair were interested in completing their college careers together. "Tackles like them are very hard to find," Aslin said. Coffeyville coach Jeff
Barfield doesn't appear as talented as juco teammate Dixon, but he'll be in Lincoln for spring practice, an advantage in his bid to contribute next fall.
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