Todd Barr is thrilled about his upcoming East Coast trip to see Florid and Miami but it's still California that has the slight edge in his recruitment. Things could change for the Lakewood, Calif., defensive end though after he takes his trips.
"I'll be going there in the first week of August," Barr said at the recent B2G Elite Camp. "I'm going to get back the day before I start two-a-days so I'm kind of excited. I don't know if it's finalized with my mom buying the tickets yet.
"I've never been to the East Coast. I never really left California except for Arizona and Hawaii but never for a college trip. I'm excited to go see the environment. I know Gainesville, all about Florida football, so I want to see what the environment is going to be like."
Barr, rated as the eighth-best strong-side defensive end and No. 98 overall by Rivals.com, is also excited to see what the Hurricanes could offer. He was seen at the EA Sports Elite 11 chatting with Miami quarterback Jacory Harris about the program.
"I was excited when I received that offer with the environment around that program and them being a private school so I could be focused on my school work if I went to Miami," Barr said.
"The program is looking better and (defensive line coach Rick) Petri seems like a really nice guy and really knows what he's talking about so I'm excited."
Oregon, Nebraska, UCLA and Washington are the other favorites for Barr, a four-star prospect ranked as the No. 10 recruit in the California state rankings. The 6-foot-3, 265-pounder finished with 87 tackles and 12 sacks in his junior season.
Other programs definitely have a shot at landing Barr but he said Cal is still on top and the Golden Bears could be tough to beat.
"I would say that (they're on top) because I talk to them always," Barr said. "I'm always talking to coach Tosh (Lupoi), I'm always talking to coach (Ron) Gould. I've been down there twice because I'm comfortable there so I'd say they're No. 1."