Wisconsin will be rolling out the red carpet this weekend as players from across the nation will be coming in to check out Madison. One of those visitors will be Loganville (GA) Grayson junior outside linebacker Mohamed Barry, who had to pull some strings in order to see one of his top schools.
"We are going to a wedding in Indiana before he go down on Monday and I thought we should go to Wisconsin because I really want to see it," Barry told BadgerNation. "My mom made the plans and now I am just so excited to go there because I have heard some really great things about it. I have heard it is the best college town and it is so beautiful out there. It is one of those schools I grew up looking at and now I got an offer from them. I feel like it is a school that resembles me. Sometimes a blue chip school is a school that is underestimated by the recruiting class like Wisconsin, but then they win the Rose Bowl and Big Ten."
The Badgers have really turned up the heat on the pursuit for the 6-1, 210-pound athletic linebacker and defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, along with running backs coach Thomas Brown, have made a strong effort to show him how much he means to the program.
"The one thing I keep in mind about Wisconsin is what Coach Brown and Coach Aranda do by calling me personally all the time," said Barry. "They call me more than any coach and they talk to my mom a lot. It means a lot."
That's one of the main reasons the Badgers have made Barry's top four, which also includes North Carolina State, South Florida and Syracuse. When it comes time to sit down and think about the school he will be committing to, there is a list of factors that the Peach State standout will be taking into consideration.
"I will look at what school my mom loves most," said Barry. "Next will be what school believes I can come in as a true freshman and make the biggest impact. After would be the vibe I get with the coaches and how comfortable I am with them. Following that will be how the players feel and when I visit I will be talking to players that will never start or even play a down in college football to see how much they love the program.
"I also want nice facilities and you want to have pride in your program like I can't wait to work out there or put my stuff in there. I want to be prideful of the place I am at. Those things are what are most important to me the most."
With visits to Wisconsin and Syracuse approaching fast, Barry plans to take a few official visits whether he commits prior to the season or not. If his Wisconsin visit blows him away, it might be the former compared to the latter.
"Definitely, I could commit on my (Wisconsin) visit," said Barry. "I want to give Syracuse a chance, but if they blow me away, then basically in the back of my head, I will be committed. Even if I see another school, it won't change my mind. I plan on committing after the Syracuse visit, which is the following week and will at least give them a chance, too."