May 3, 2008

Four-star OL staying in state

Four-star offensive lineman David Barrent has seen his recruiting stock explode this spring with scholarship offers from near and far, but in the end decided to stay close to home. This weekend, the 6-foot-8, 290-pound Barrent made the call to the Iowa coaching staff to give his verbal commitment to the Hawkeyes.

After drawing his first offers from Iowa and Illinois in mid February, Barrent added ones from Minnesota, Michigan State, Northwestern, Iowa State, and Nebraska in recent months. The offensive lineman and his family hit the road this spring to visit as many schools as possible looking for the right fit, which he eventually found in Iowa City.

Barrent, who plans to major in engineering at Iowa, grew up following the Hawkeyes, but said the recruiting process has given him a chance to learn more about the university, the campus, and the football program.

Recently, ranked Barrent among the top 250 players in the nation. While he is honored by all of the accolades, the offensive lineman said he looks at it as a pre-season ranking that gives him something to prove his senior year, which is where his focus lies now that his college decision is out of the way.

Barrent is Iowa's second commitment in the recruiting class of 2009, joining Ohio running back Brad Rogers, who gave his verbal pledge earlier this week.

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