Sam Barrington had a big senior season for Jacksonville (Fla.) Terry Parker High School. This senior standout starred on both sides of the ball. He rushed for 1,188 yards and 17 scores on 108 attempts and recorded 109 tackles, interception, three sacks, and four tackles for a loss from his linebacker position.
"It was a good season yet frustrating," Barrington said. "We played real well and finished 7-3 but we didn't make the playoffs. We were 14 points away from being unbeaten. But that's how the cards came out and you could say it was a great season for us and our best since 2000. I don't have any regrets and we won the last game of the season. I rushed for over 200 yards and three touchdowns.
Barrington, a three-star linebacker recruit, has already officially visited both Illinois and Purdue.
"They were both good visits. At Illinois, I got a great vibe from players and it's just a great program with a good opportunity for me to play early. I really like coach (Dan) Disch and we have a wonderful relationship. His brother (Sam) coached me for three years.
"I like the new coach at Purdue. I had a lot of fun up there and I think Purdue is another school where I would have a great opportunity."
Barrington will visit South Florida (12-12) next weekend and he has trips planned to Clemson (1-9) and Florida (1-16) next month.
"I am pretty open with everyone at this point.
Last week Illinois, Purdue, and Clemson all made in-home visits with me. That's new feeling, with those coaches sitting in your house. But we get to talk with them so more and learn more. I enjoyed all three. Next week coach Douglass from USF is coming over on Wednesday."