August 2, 2009
LB, Brad Bars plans to visit Army
When linebacker Brad Bars out of Nashville (Tenn.) Montgomery Bell Academy received his offer from Army, it was the moment he had worked so hard for. "I got the official offer in the mail and that's awesome," shares Bars, whose recruiting for the Black Knights is being handled by roverback coach John Brock.
In addition to Army, Bars has received an offer from Harvard and the linebacker stated that Harvard is the only Ivy League school he would consider.
Along with the interest that is coming from Army and Harvard, the quality of schools that are evaluating Bars' talents are coming from such colleges as Alabama, Kentucky, Purdue, Notre Dame, Rutgers, UNC and Baylor.
In the case of Alabama, he continues to receive mail and they were one of the first schools to talk Tennessee native. Then there Kentucky, where participated in their one day camp in June and according to Bars, he received a favorable review. In addition to the Wildcats' camp, he made his way to Purdue and Notre Dame Camps, and confirmed that they are still on his list of schools. "I talk to coach Weiss for 20 minutes when I was up there and he was really positive," shares Bars. "He said I had a shot if the 4-5 stars don't commit."
Rutgers and Baylor are two schools that have caught Bars' attention and he hopes to catch theirs. "I went to Rutgers camp (early July) and they want some more film and Baylor is now showing some interest," says Bars, who made the Northeast trip to Rutgers after attending Harvard's belated Junior Day.
Bars played half of his junior year at linebacker and half the year at defensive end, where he recorded 114 tackles
half coming from his linebacker spot and the other half at defensive end.
It is no surprise that the Black Knights see Bars as a potential hybrid defender. "The Army coaches are awesome and Coach Brock said they want to play me at the whip position," concurs Bars. "This is where I can rush defensive end and play stand-up linebacker which is pretty cool. He even said the possibility to run the ball as well."
Does Bars have any plans on visiting Army? "I am hoping to visit Army in the fall," shares the 6-foot-3 ½, 220 pounder. "I would like to get up there for the Vanderbilt game for an official visit. I want to get up there once in the fall to check them out and that would be a good game to see, with Vanderbilt ranked nationally. You know Army and you know Vanderbilt, and I just want it to be a good fun game to watch and get a good feel for things."
Bars is equally as solid in the classroom, where he carries 3.57 GPA
GoBlackKnights.com will continue to stay in touch with linebacker Brad Bars throughout his recruiting process.
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