After a high-ankle sprain limited Peyton Barber (Alpharetta, Ga./Milton) to only 363 yards on 69 carries, the 5-foot-10, 210-pound running back was determined to make up for lost time in his first game as a senior last Friday.
The four-star prospect did not disappoint. In a hard-fought 35-28 win over town rivals Alpharetta, Barber had 23 carries for 225 yards, two catches for four yards and a kickoff return for 23 yards. After the game, Barber admitted he felt he had something to prove.
"I feel like I was under the radar because of being hurt last year, so I want to show that I am one of the top running backs in the state," Barber said. "I think it was a pretty big win and we showed we could stick together."
Barber was not under the radar when it comes to college coaches, as he picked up over a dozen offers before making his decision over the summer. In the Rebels, Barber says he found a program that felt familiar to him, with a coaching staff that shares some of the same values as he does.
"I feel Ole Miss is another Milton," Barber said. "They are another program that is rebuilding. I also have a really good relationship with the Ole Miss staff. They are really strong in their faith, so those are the reasons why I picked Ole Miss."
Barber says he still hears from Arizona State, and although he has not set any, he does plan to take his official visits. As for Ole Miss, Milton has a bye week Oct. 12, so he is hoping to take his official that weekend for the game versus Auburn.