UNT is, after all, just a few miles up the road from Flower Mound, which has developed into something of a pipeline for the Mean Green’s program when it comes to offensive linemen.
UNT center Kaydon Kirby and incoming freshman lineman Chris Miles played for Flower Mound, while tackle Ryan Rentfro played with Barr across town at Marcus.
UNT is one of a growing number of schools that has offered Barr a scholarship and is looking to add him to its growing batch of Flower Mound linemen. UNT offensive coordinator Mike Canales and offensive line coach Mike Simmonds are recruiting Barr, who projects as a center on the college level. Here are his Hudl highlights.
“I live 15 minutes down the road, so that is pretty cool,” Barr said. “I like [UNT head coach Dan] McCarney, what he’s done in the past and what he’s doing here. I’m excited to see what they do this year after what they did last year.”
UNT finished 9-4 and capped its season with a win over UNLV in the Heart of Dallas Bowl on New Year’s Day.
That breakout season could improve UNT’s chances of landing Barr, who also has scholarship offers from Fresno State, Nevada, Air Force, Arkansas State and Eastern Michigan.
Barr, who is 6-foot-3 and 262 pounds, has begun to consider what each of those schools has to offer and likes what he has found out about UNT.
“I want to be a business major and UNT has a new business building,” Barr said of the school’s $70 million Business Leadership Building that opened in 2011. “As far as football, the coaching staff and facilities are a big part of what I’m looking at because that is where you are every day. I also want to be somewhere where the players make you feel at home.”
Barr’s connections with UNT’s current offensive linemen could help in that regard.
Barr started out as a defensive lineman in high school and used to compete against Rentfro every day in practice. Barr also knows Miles. He has not gotten to know Kirby, who is a little older, but has heard a lot about him.
Some minor foot problems prevented Barr from participating in drills during UNT’s camp on Sunday, but that didn’t prevent him from coming to Apogee Stadium and learning more about UNT.
While Barr likes what he has seen from UNT so far, he said he said he is in no hurry to commit.
“I want to wait before I pick a school so that I make sure I make the right decision,” Barr said.
Mean Green blog recruiting series
DB Niko Small, Arlington Bowie
OL Shane Block, Yukon, Okla.
OL Ken Marks, Beaumont Central
OL Rowdy Clark, Denton
OL Judd Terry, Denton
CB Jerbrell Lipscomb, Navasota
LB Diamon Cannon, Killeen Shoemaker
DE Sam Miller, Canton
WR Jarvis Baxter, Trinity Valley JC
DT Motekiai Maile, Tyler JC
CB Taylor Robinson, Keller Central
OL Joseph Gonzales, Waco
OL Matt Hiter, Argyle
LB Jordan Williams, Paris
OL Erik McCoy, Lufkin
OL Riley Daniel, Ringling, Okla.
DL RD Wegmann, Wichita Falls Rider
OL Evan Curl, Flower Mound
ATH Keith Washington, Brazoswood
OL Kaden Jackson, Kingfisher (Okla.)High
LB Angelo Garbutt, Lewisville Hebron
LB Clay Holford, Lewisville Hebron
ATH Billy McCrary, Leander Rouse ——————- Committed to SMU
QB Chris Riddle, University Christian, Jacksonville, Fla.
CB Nafees Lyon, Charlotte (N.C.) Mallard Creek
DL Carl Thompson, Guyer
OL Beau Hott, Plano
WR Akile Davis, DeSoto
ATH Jonathan Giles, Fort Bend Elkins ———— Committed to Texas Tech
OL Clayton Woods, Highland Park
DL Keenan Kelly, Cedar Grove, Ga.