Junior running back Peyton Barber of Alpharetta (Ga.) Milton is dying to get back on the field. And it's not difficult to understand why.
Last fall, he missed half the season with a high ankle sprain.
"It didn't feel very good not playing," Barber told Rivals.com. "I wished I could have helped my team out a lot more. I'm very excited, very anxious for spring football."
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Today, Barber is almost fully recovered.
"I'd say I'm about 90 percent," he said. "It's coming along pretty good. I'm still rehabbing it, and I'm doing track. There still is a little bit of scar tissue in the ankle, though."
Despite the injury, the 5-feet-10, 211-pound Barber has received plenty of attention from major colleges. According to Barber, Central Florida, Clemson, Kentucky, Louisville, North Carolina and Vanderbilt have offered. He added that Georgia Tech could be close.
At this point, he claims to have no leaders.
"Clemson was the first to offer," Barber said. "They did that over the summer. I still talk to Coach [Tony] Elliott about once a week. I would say it's between Clemson, Kentucky and Vanderbilt [as to who is recruiting him the hardest]. Those are the coaches I talk to the most, and talk to a lot on Facebook. They tell me that I would have an opportunity to play at their school."
Barber visited Kentucky last weekend.
"It went pretty good," Barber said. "I like how they have a family atmosphere, and how the people were. We went to the basketball game, and it was pretty exciting to see the No. 1 team in the country. The fans were pretty cool. I got to have a few words with [head coach Joker Phillips]. He asked me how I was doing and said he liked my highlight tape."
Next up on Barber's schedule is a visit to Vanderbilt on March 25.