“I’ve been to Clemson more than I have to Auburn so I am more familiar with them,” he said. “I talk to coach (Danny) Pearman every week and the coaches are showing a lot of interest in me.”
The atmosphere and fan support have also influenced Barbir. There is something else the Tigers offer that is not common across college football.
“They have a a kicking coach,” Barbir said. “Not a lot of schools do. Their coaches are really genuine and I think they would not only make me a better kicker, but they would help me become a better man.”
Barbir suffered from hip and back pains over the summer that precluded him from kicking in front of coaches. He said he is nearly back to full strength and Pearman will be by his school sometime soon to watch him kick.
“They were talking about offering me this past summer but that injury made it hard,” he said. “I’m feeling good right now and have 14 touch backs on my 16 kickoffs.” He is the placekicker, punter and kick off specialist for his team.
Barbir will visit Auburn October 25th and will be back in Clemson for the USC game.