High school football was scheduled to start this Friday night in Florida. But all throughout the Sunshine State things are too sunny.
That’s because Hurricane Francis is bearing down on the state and almost every single game in the state has been cancelled – this includes games in Miami where Christopher Barney and his Northwestern teammates were slated to open up the season.
“We’re cancelled,” Barney, the nation’s No. 10 offensive tackle, said. “I’ve been looking forward to this game forever. We were supposed to play Booker T. I think we’re hoping to re-schedule it, but I don’t know if it’s going to happen.”
So now Barney, who is 6-foot-6 and 332 pounds, has to look forward to playing Columbus next Thursday night. And oh yeah, he also has been looking forward to all the calls that he’s been getting.
As of late last night, Barney had talked to Georgia Tech, Miami and several other schools but while he was on the phone he missed others – including Oklahoma.
“It’s been crazy,” Barney said. “Coach Smith from Georgia Tech got me on the phone and he talked for a long, long time. He was talking about how bad they want me. When I checked my messages after that, I had missed like three or four other schools.”
Barney at this point says he’s still keeping his options open. The only school he for sure would visit at this point is Miami. But after that it’s pretty open between places like Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Iowa, N.C. State, Oklahoma, Rutgers, Georgia Tech and countless more.
“I don’t even know how I’m going to get it down to my final five,” he said. “It’s going to be really tough. But it’s something I know that I’m going to have to do sooner or later.”
But first things first, Barney and his family are on hurricane alert.
“We’re keeping a close eye on things,” he said.