"I went to a small high school (Warrensville) outside of Cleveland so I didn't get a lot of attention," Barry told JCFootball.com. "I had a lot of schools looking at me. Most of them were from the MAC, but I had Iowa
and Michigan State
talking to me too.
"I didn't qualify out of high school though, so I decided to come up here to Erie just to get away from things and get a fresh start."
As a freshman for Kats in 2008, Barry rode the pine to begin the season, but in a 29-6 loss to Nassau, he stepped in for an ineffective starter and held onto that position for the rest of the season.
"I did OK, but I only got the throw the ball once in a blue moon," Barry said with a laugh. "We had three great running backs so I mainly handed off, but this year we will probably throw it more."
Even with his limited opportunities, Barry still managed to complete 53.6% of his passes for 1,100 yards, 11 touchdowns and eight interceptions.
On the recruiting front, Barry has begun to hear from several schools and he said he's hoping to hear from more as soon as his highlight tape gets out.
"I went to North Carolina
with Andre Kates
last weekend," Barry said. "That was really great and he talked to the coaches about me and what I have to offer. I spoke with the coaches for a little while, just to see where I am on their radar and they said they liked me.
wants me to come in and play for them and they were a school that was looking at me in high school so I'm familiar with them. West Virginia and Michigan
are also sending me stuff and they seem interested as well."
Barry plays mostly under center for Erie, but he played in a spread offense in high school so he said he can play in any kind of offense.
"I can play in the spread and use my arm or my legs, but I can play under center too," Barry said. "I don't really care which offense a team plays, I just want to play ball and I know I can do it at a D-1 school."
Barry said he is on pace to graduate in May of 2010 and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.
We'll continue to keep track of Barry's progress and update news as it changes.
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In terms of sheer physical talent, there might not be a more gifted JUCO quarterback prospect in the country than Erie QB David Barry (6-4, 195). He can use his legs and his arm to hurt defenses and now that he's got half a season of starting under his belt he's ready to show the rest of the country what he has to offer...