It has to be a strange feeling for Jim Barrie Saturday evening as he watched Florida and Florida…
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(Jim Barrie profile)
"I committed today," Barrie said. "They rolled out the red carpet and I loved every bit of it. Everything combined put it over the top above everything else. It's not really a team up there, it's a family, you know. We're going to win an SEC Championship and we're going to win a National Championship."
"My attitude is my biggest asset," he said. "I just want to work as hard as I can, so that I can get an opportunity to make a difference in the program."
Barrie (6-5 305) is one of the top offensive linemen in The Sunshine State. He anchored the Bucs offensive front, while garnering offers from Notre Dame, Michigan, Tennessee, and Florida State just to name a few.
"I'm not going to go to visit Florida State next weekend. I'm 100% committed to the University of Florida. You could say that I'm 500% committed" he said laughing.
"My Mom (Kathy) and my sisters (Jamie and Kristen) went to Florida and my family lived there for awhile," he stated. "They're going crazy. My whole family. They're very proud of me. Everyone is just really elated right now."
The Florida coaches didn't offer Barrie a scholarship after the summer camps. They wanted to see game film proving that Barrie indeed had the speed they were looking for in an offensive lineman. With the Bucs competitive schedule, which included the likes of Trinity Christian, Blountstown, Clearwater Central Catholic, and Cardinal Mooney, they had seen enough.
"That's in the past now," Barrie said. "He's (Coach Hevesy) a great coach and he knows what he's doing. All of the guys like him. He got the attitude that he just wants what's best for the Florida program. Basically, he said that I have to work at it. I need to come in conditioned and be prepared when I get there in the summer. He told me that I can't get ready then for two-a-days, that starts now, and that's what I'm going to do."
He is also very impressed with the direction of the Florida program. Barrie mentioned championships more than any recruit I've spoken to this year..
"We sat in a meeting, my parents and I, where we talked and Coach Meyer showed us the film," he recalled. "It's a great offense and Coach Meyer is adapting to the SEC very well. The attitude of the program is second to none. Once everyone gets on board and adapts to the system, we'll be alright."
Barrie's work is just beginning. Like legendary Pirate Jose' Gaspar, who took the Tampa Bay area treasures in the late 1700's, Barrie too has a plan. However, his remains on the gridiron.
"I haven't gotten to talk to Jarred Fayson very much," Barrie said. "I said a quick hello to Trent Pupello last week. But, I will be talking to those guys a little bit more. The Tampa area is all going to Florida and that's what we want. A.J. (Jones) and Daron Rose- hopefully, we'll get all of those guys on board."
"I'm definitely going to show what Florida is all about to these recruits. We're definitely going to do that and get ready for next year, so that we can go out and win some championships. That's what I'm coming here to do. It's great to be a Florida Gator"