Florida picks up 2021 commitment from in-state OT who will sign Friday
Shortly after one offensive lineman left Florida’s 2021 class, another lineman joined the class.
Hours after receiving a UF scholarship offer, Jacksonville offensive tackle Austin Barber pledged to the Gators. A product of Trinity Christian Academy, Barber is listed at 6-7, 300 pounds and rated 3-stars, the No. 48 offensive tackle and No. 55 recruit in Florida by 247Sports. The industry-generated 247Sports Composite, which factors in Rivals and ESPN rankings, has him as the No. 76 prospect at his position and No. 109 in the state.
Barber committed to Minnesota in May but backed off that pledge on Nov. 9 after receiving offers from Virginia Tech, Maryland and Mississippi State. He was also offered by Miami on Dec. 7. Barber tweeted his Florida offer at 5:22 p.m. on Thursday.
Barber’s commitment announcement states that he will be signing with the Gators. Blake Alderman of 247Sports reports that the signing will occur on Friday, the last day of December’s Early Signing Period.
“First off I would like to thank God for all of the blessings and the situation he has put me in,” Barber wrote in a note shared with his commitment tweet. “I would love to thank all the people thats been with me throughout this whole process. My mom, my dad, my brother and all the other people by my side. I would like to thank all the coaches that have helped me and have taught me the ropes of football! I knew in my heart that this was the best decision for myself! With all of that being said, I am committing and signing to the University of Florida.”
Barber’s senior tape can be viewed below, via Hudl: