Mr. Football in Tennessee is headed to Morgantown in West Virginia. Barry Brunetti had a story book senior season, leading his team to a second consecutive state championship. Along the way he earned Mr. Football honors for the large private school classification. He threw for over 2,400 yards, 24 touchdown passes and only one interception. Brunetti rushed for 513 yards and 13 touchdowns. But the most important stat is that he quarterbacked Memphis University School to a 26-0 record over the last two seasons.
Brunetti, who committed to West Virginia a while ago, has been flirting with two other schools - Mississippi State and Louisville. But in the end it was the Mountaineers that won out.
"Man, I really like (Dan) Mullen and Mississippi State," Brunetti said. "It was a shame coach (Charlie) Strong and Louisville just got that job because I really liked them too. But in the end West Virginia is just the best place for me. I am done. I am going to West Virginia."
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Earlier today Brunetti had an in-home visit with West Virginia head coach Bill Stewart. He's a coach that Brunetti can't wait to play for.
"I love that guy and over the past year I have gotten to know him well. He's just a straight up guy that I can't wait to go play for. In fact, I told him tonight that I will be on campus the day after I graduate."
Brunetti, 6-0 and 207 pounds, is anxious for the quarterback competition to start. Last year at this time West Virginia landed Eugene Smith from Miramar, Fla. Brunetti's looking forward to the competition.
"I just want that opportunity to compete. That job will be wide open and I want to work for it."