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Ultimate road trip

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When Jim Barrie takes a road trip, he takes a road trip.
The 6-foot-5, 310-pound offensive tackle from Tampa (Fla.) Berkeley Prep completed a whirlwind unofficial visit to both Oklahoma and Michigan on Thursday and Friday, calling both trips "incredible."
Barrie came into the trip leaning toward Florida State and talking about making a commitment here in the next few weeks. Now after trips to Norman and Ann Arbor that plan has changed.
"The visits went really well," Barrie, ranked as four-star prospect, said. "I think Oklahoma, Michigan and Florida State are my top three. I'm now going to go ahead and take three official visits to those schools. I made it clear to those coaches that I want to take my visits now.
"I want to visit Florida State for the Miami game. I was thinking about going to Michigan for the Notre Dame game, and I was still looking at something with Oklahoma. I need to check everything with my schedules, but those are things I have in mind."
So what about his time at Michigan?
"Coach (Andy) Moeller and coach (Lloyd) Carr are great," Barrie said. "They were really neat to talk to, and I enjoyed having them show me around. It's nothing but first class up there. I really liked the entire environment."
At Oklahoma, Barrie say a lot of similar things.
"I got to meet everybody," Barrie said. "Coach (Bob) Stoops is a first-class guy, too. He was telling us how he's going to keep the program right up at the top and winning championships. He said the success there is just beginning and that he's not leaving.
"Coach (Kevin) Wilson showed us around the entire day. I got to spend a lot of time with him, and I could see myself playing with him. I definitely got a good feeling talking to him."
Barrie also had nice unofficial visits to places like South Carolina in the past and he also has offers from LSU, Nebraska and Auburn. He camped this summer at Florida.
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