Mountaineers land NC backer

West Virginia picked up a pledge last night. The latest addition hails from the state of North Carolina.
"I committed to West Virginia yesterday," Mocksville (N.C.) Davie linebacker Jared Barber said. "I went up with my family and best friend. I committed to Coach Stewart, Galloway and Casteel.
"They were pretty ecstatic. They jumped up and gave me a big old hug. They said they had been waiting on it for a long time and were glad I chose the Mountaineers."

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Barber went in-depth about why he picked West Virginia.
"You know, I had a bunch of people ask me that and I can't really point out one thing, it's everything about West Virginia," he said. "The people there and the way they play defense, just West Virginia as a whole. It's definitely a place I could see myself excelling at academically and athletically."
The coaches were a big factor for Barber in the end.
"Coach Casteel and the rest of the staff are great men, they love their players to death," he said. "They get after you and are hardnosed. I wouldn't want coaches that are soft. They are family oriented and I think I'm going to be happy playing for that coaching staff, being part of the Mountaineer family is awesome."
Although Barber had the option to graduate early, he intends to enroll on time.
What are his chances of seeing the field?
"They are losing three of their starter this year and two the following year," he said. "It really depends how hard I work, I'm a hard worker and I'm going to bust my butt. If I do I can play my freshman year."