Todd Barr said he wouldn't necessarily name Cal his leader but the four-star defensive end from Lakewood, Calif., definitely likes the Golden Bears a lot mainly because of their coaching staff and the academics in Berkeley.
"Every single person on their staff is great," Barr said. "Coach Tosh (Lupoi) is really active with his defensive line, he goes through the drills with them. He's really hands on and I like that with a coach. He's really energetic.
"Coach (Clancy) Pendergast is a great defensive coordinator. I like his defense by constantly putting pressure on the quarterback because it's important to keep him flustered. That's a big part of the game."
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Cal, Miami, Florida, Oregon, Nebraska, UCLA and Washington are the favorites for Barr, a 6-foot-3, 265-pound prospect who's rated eighth at his position, No. 98 overall and No. 10 in the California state rankings by Rivals.com.
The Golden Bears are definitely in contention to land his commitment but at this point Barr doesn't necessarily want to say any team is ahead of the others on his list. It's still a little too early.
"I wouldn't call them necessarily my leader, it's just who I talk to the most and that's who I'm in close communication with," said Barr, one of the top prospects at the Los Angeles NIKE Camp this spring. "I like Cal a lot, don't get me wrong."
Recruiting could get even more interesting for Barr, who had 87 tackles, 12 sacks and a fumble recovery in his junior season, after the first week of August when he plans to visit Miami and Florida.
It will be his first trip to East Coast schools and Barr said he's excited to see what they have to offer and how they differ from the Pac-10 programs he's seen. The Gators and Hurricanes have been pursuing him for a while.
"That's important because I've only seen the West Coast my whole life and all the Pac-10 teams," Barr said. "I never had a chance to leave to see what they have to offer, so that's important."