June 16, 2009
LB, Brad Bars excited about Army offer
Early this month, there were several outstanding prospects at the skill position session of Tennessee Vols Coach Lane Kiffin's prospect camp at the University of Tennessee. One prospect who made a name for himself was linebacker Brad Bars out of Nashville (TN) Montgomery Bell Academy. Rivals.com Football Regional Recruiting Analyst Barton Simmons stated that Bars was of the top four linebackers in attendance and along with the other three standouts, "had fantastic performances and all have the body and frame to play major college football."
As Bars continues to impress at the various camps, his stock is also beginning to rise. But the first school to jump on the bandwagon was the Black Knights of Army. "I picked up my first offer this past week from Army," shares Bars. "It was great because I'm really excited about Army. But I think there is more to come to and I'm excited to see what happens because I'm going to some of these camps and try to pick up offers from other schools also."
Bars' recruiting for the Black Knights is being handled by roverback coach John Brock. "Our relationship - it's awesome," shares the always enthusiastic linebacker. "It started with them sending me a questionnaire; I filled it out and sent it in. And I said I was interested in them and then they looked at my film on Rivals
then they offered me. I'm excited and I'm going to visit up there in late June or early July. Great relationship, great coaches and sounds like a great opportunity for me."
What was Bars' reaction after receiving his first offer? I was so excited
. I was happy to get that first because that's the hardest to get," shares Bars as reflects on that moment. "I couldn't wait to talk to my buddies, but all my buddies saw it on Rivals."
It appears that this is just the beginning for the 6-foot-3 ½, 215 pounder, who feels confident that Purdue, Kentucky, Vanderbilt and Harvard are also close to offering, but is also hoping to that something will eventually materialize with Tennessee. "I went to Tennessee camp and got some good reviews there, but I'm not sure where they stand because I haven't talk to them about a week.
In addition to the Vols camp, Bars is scheduled to make other visits this summer. He indicated that he is considering camping at Northwestern and that they have been sending him information. He might also camp at Boston College later in the summer, as well as Harvard's camp. "I will probably pick up an offer there (Harvard) if I attend and I also like Notre Dame and will going to their camp tomorrow," said Bars on Monday, where he noted that Miami of Ohio will be at the ND camp to watch him.
Aside from showcasing his talents in front of college coaches at the various camps, the Bars (no pun intended) has risen relative to hard hitting linebackers' confidence. "The more of these camps that I go to, I realize I can hang with anybody at linebacker," says Bars, who played half of his junior year at linebacker and half the year at defensive. "I recorded 114 tackles about the same amount of tackles at each position that I thought was cool.
For the talented defender, some schools are recruiting him as rush defensive, regular defensive, outside linebacker, and then a couple of schools like Miami of Ohio and Kentucky were talking him about tight-end on offense.
Bars is equally as solid in the classroom, where he carries 3.57 GPA, but like many seniors in high school, he still isn't 100% sure what he want to major in. "I'm not really positive yet, but something with finance because math is my strongest subject," says Bars.
Although he did not play offense last year, he will be starting at tight-end this season and he stated that he might even be used in some short yardage situations running the ball.
Montgomery Bell Academy went 10-2 last season and lost in the state semi-finals and during Bars' sophomore year, they went 12-0 and won the states.
In addition to football, Bars is the leading rebounder and second leading scorer for the school's basketball team, as well as participating in track (decathlon)
GoBlackKnights.com will continue to stay in touch with Brad Bars throughout his recruiting process.
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