February 28, 2013

Recruitment on fire

Before his senior season, Montgomery Bell (Nashville, Tenn.) offensive tackle Alex Bars made the move from offensive line to defensive line.

Just a short time later, Bars started hearing from schools that were interested in him as an offensive tackle, and since then, his recruitment has blown up.

Now virtually every program in the country is coming after the Rivals100 talent, and he couldn't be happier.

"It's going great," Bars said. "I've talked to a lot of coaches lately. I'm really flattered and humbled by everything they are telling me and everything that is going on and the offers I am getting. I'm really enjoying it."

Last week, Bars received an offer from Georgia, and after making a couple of visits to Athens including one for the Ole Miss game last season, he and the UGA staff are very familiar with one another.

"Georgia watched my film and they know I've been down there," he said. "I've shown great interest in their school and I know they thought it would be a great fit. I know they haven't offered but maybe one or two (offensive tackles), so they offered me and told me about their situation at the position. I felt respected by the offer because I know they haven't offered many at all."

Thus far in his communication with the Bulldog staff, he has gotten to know his prospective position coach the best.

"Coach (Will) Friend is my main recruiting guy that I'm pretty tight with," he said. "Also Coach (Dan) Inman is a guy I know real well over there from being on campus."

Bars also has a high opinion of Georgia's Head Man and the program in general.

"It's great," Bars said when asked to share his thoughts on the Georgia program. They have some of the top academics in the SEC. I know the program is great. Coach Mark Richt runs a great program and he has a great staff over there."

The four-star prospect has two brothers, Blake and Brad, that play in the Big 10 at Michigan and Penn State, respectively, and his

Despite having such strong ties to schools in the Midwest, Bars claims that he is not leaning toward any school or area at this time.

"I'm completely wide open," he said. "My brothers don't really sway me at all. I'm just 100 percent wide open."

As a rising senior, Bars still has over 11 months until he will sign with the school of his choice, but as the time to narrow things down nears, he has a good idea of what he is looking for in a school.

"The coaching staff is something I'm looking at heavily," he said. "The type of program they run and the academics, too."

Bars, who says that he hopes to visit UGA for the annual G-Day game on April 6, has lead the Montgomery Bell basketball team to the state semifinals to be played at Lipscomb University this weekend.

Once that is over, he says that his recruitment will get much more attention.

"I have the state (basketball) finals this weekend, and then spring break for me is the second week of March so that is when I plan on making my rounds and visit all the schools I want to," Bars said. "Then a few weekends after that I want to visit more schools and get a feel for it and start narrowing it down."





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