Cincinnati (Ohio) Summit Country Day class of 2014 defensive tackle Michael Barwick started off the college football season by taking in a game at West Virginia this past weekend.
"I went there before the game so we actually got to see the team walk in and we hung out a little bit in the team lounge while the players were warming up," Barwick said. "I thought it was really great to see how they actually prepare for a game."
Barwick said he only had a brief chat with the West Virginia coaches, and that was about his game the night before. He left Morgantown with a higher opinion of the program.
"The facilities were awesome and the coaching staff, when I did talk to them, did seem like they were nice," Barwick said. "I felt welcome there, so that was a plus."
The trip to West Virginia was the first in a four-game tour Barwick has planned over a two-week period.
"This Thursday I am going to the UC-Pittsburgh game," Barwick said. "On Saturday I will be attending the Ohio State game and I already have one planned for next Saturday - I'll be going up to see Louisville versus North Carolina.
"I really just want to see what the school atmosphere is like at the game, meet the coaches and see how things would be if I were to be there."
Louisville is one of the schools that has just made contact with Barwick for the first time in recent days. Pittsburgh and Massachusetts are also showing new interest.
Western Michigan has already offered the 6-foot-2, 270-pound Barwick. He did not want to speculate what specific teams may be next to offer, but does feel he is getting close to adding more names to that list.
The start to Barwick's junior season certainly will not hurt the defensive tackle's chances at new offers. He estimated he has secured 14 solo tackles and eight sacks in his first two games.
"I guess you could say that is a good start, but I want to get better," Barwick said. "All the credit goes to my coach and the work I put in this off-season."