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Memphis closing in on first commitment

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Shreveport (La.) Evangel Christian quarterback Billy Barefield has put up some amazing statistics and will now do so for one of the nation’s top high school programs. He also picked up his first major scholarship offer.
“I got my first big offer from Memphis,” Barefield said. “Coach (Tommy) West came over in the middle of camp and offered me a scholarship. Then he followed that up by emailing me the other day and telling me that my offer still stood. I had an offer from Northwestern State, but Memphis was my first D-I offer.”
Barefield transferred after earning first-team all-district honors as a freshman, sophomore and a junior. He also earned Texas private school player of the year honors as a junior after throwing for 3,498 yards, rushing for 1,586 yards and accounting for 42 touchdowns.
“I was supposed to camp at Notre Dame about two weeks ago, but I was not able to make it,” Barefield said. “Louisiana-Monroe also wants me to come to camp down there and I will probably go to that one, but after that I am probably done.”
Barefield attended the NIKE camp at College Station where he came in at 5-9.5, 164 pounds. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.72 seconds, ran the shuttle in 4.6 seconds, did six reps on the bench and had a vertical jump of 28 inches.
“Right now I would say that Memphis, South Carolina and Notre Dame are my top three,” Barefield said. “Memphis is probably the favorite. I really like the offense and the situation is good there. If another school comes along with an offer and runs an offense that I really like, I may change my mind, but right now Memphis is number one.”
So is Memphis on the horizon of garnering a commitment from this Bayou star?
“I kind of want to commit early,” Barefield said. “I don’t want to pass up this opportunity from Memphis. Right now it is the only shot I have at playing major college football and it is a great school. I have visited there and met the coaches, so I know that I like it there and that I am comfortable there.”
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