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PAs Church names leader

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Pittsburgh (Pa.) Penn Hills safety Barry Church has a standout leader. The 6-foot-1, 203-pounder with 4.69-second speed holds four offers right now and favors Toledo.
"I've been to Toledo a couple times this summer and my parents and I liked it a lot up there," he said. "I liked how the campus was enclosed and it's not a big city environment. The coaches are really nice and good and I just liked everything there.
"I was surprised by how good the facilities were, their weight room and recreational centers are really nice. My recruiting coach has a really fun and energetic personality and he tells it to you straight. "
Church now holds offers from Toledo, Eastern Michigan, Buffalo and a verbal from West Virginia.
"West Virginia gave me the verbal in June, although I don't have it in writing yet," he said. "I really liked it up there and their coaches are really good. I like that they have a big name and also how they treat their players. It's close to home, so I can come home anytime I want."
Other schools in the mix for Church's services include Maryland, Iowa, Louisville and Cincinnati.
"They all have really good coaches and campuses," he said. "Maryland and Iowa are showing me a lot of interest right now, while Louisville and Cincinnati are showing just a regular amount of interest. None have mentioned an offer yet though."
Church hasn't scheduled any officials yet, but he did announce which schools are leading for a visit.
"I want to visit Maryland, Iowa, Louisville, Cincinnati and Toledo," he said. "Those are the schools I like the most and I really like how their football programs are going. You can also get a good education at them."
The safety prospect plans to visit all the schools after the season and then decide.
Church has a few goals in mind for his senior season.
"My goal this year is to get at least five interceptions and I also hope to make it on the honor society too," he said. "In football, I really want to work on my defensive coverage of wide receivers."
The Pennsylvania prospect recorded 53 tackles and four interceptions as a junior.
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