Name: Barry Ware
School: Centennial HS – Corona, CA
Position: Outside Wide Receiver
Vitals: 6’3, 200 lbs
- Rivals: #100
- Scout: #105
- ESPN: #94
- 247Sports: #48
FBS Offers: WSU, Fresno State, UCLA, Utah
Player Type: Big Play Receiver
Best Attributes: Hands, Separation/Route running, Yards after catch
Prediction and Early Impact:
Barry Ware is your prototypical Mike Leach outside receiver. Immediately he jumps off the film in a Michael Crabtree mold, big, strong and adept at making one, two and three guys miss before going down.
More importantly though, he attacks the ball and has a terrific “catch radius” compared to other receivers his size, which means he can get to passes that other receivers can’t. After that, Ware’s football I.Q. and surprising speed take over to get him the maximum yards possible.
Ware’s impact on the 2014 team is difficult to assess. We already know Leach isn’t shy about using play-makers that can prove their worth, as I imagine Ware will. But with so many receivers returning and a possible addition of Sebastian LaRue into the lineup should his NCAA waiver pass, there just aren’t many spots to be had. Still, I put his potential impact at 8 because if he does force his way into the lineup he’ll be impossible to keep off of the field.
If you’re thinking “someone needs to take Bobby Ratliff’s spot”, you might be right, but Ratliff played inside, so I don’t think this merges. I am going to go on record and say Ware gets a redshirt due to simple numbers and takes over in a huge role as a No. 1-type receiver as of 2015 (if that exists any more in Mike Leach’s offense). However ruling a kid with his talent out is just silly-talk, no matter how many receivers come back. It would not surprise me if he makes an abundance of plays in Fall camp and ends up as a huge contributor in 2014.
“Freshman Impact Potential” Rating: 8