"Barry is another guy that was pretty highly recruited and turned down a lot of good schools to attend WSU. Some of the other receivers that we signed are smaller in stature so it was very important to us to get a bigger receiver as well. Barry is definitely that…a big, fast, physical kid that is a playmaker.– Dave Emerick – WSU football recruiting coordinator / Chief of staff"
Barry Ware is 6’2″ or 6’3″ (depending on the recruiting site) wide receiver from Corona, CA, with offers reportedly from UCLA, Utah, Fresno State and others. Ware chose to go with the Cougars, after de-committing from UCLA. Ware has a 3-star and 54th-in-state ranking from ESPN.com.
Although Ware hasn’t played in a college setting just yet, his highlight reels show he will no doubt be a valuable asset for this offense. Critical skills that can be seen in his reels include speed, agility, and an ability to read each play and see opportunities on the field.
Ware will likely play outside receiver, but this early in his career it is hard to say which position he will be playing permanently. He completed his senior season with 56 catches for 1,211 yards and 17 touchdowns according to Scout.com.
Here’s what Mike Leach had to say about him:
"Big target, great receiver skills. (Ware is) both physical and explosive."
There will be no shortage of competition for this kid, with so many wide receivers currently on the Cougar’s roster. Gabe Marks, Kristoff Williams, Dom Williams, Ricky Galvin, Vince Mayle and River Cracraft have all seen their fair share of playing time for Leach’s offense. Bobby Ratliff (who retired from football a few weeks ago) was a lankier receiver at 6’2 that saw time in the slot, maybe that’s where Ware could bide his time early on. It will be interesting to where he ends up in the depth chart, and what it could mean for the Cougar offense.
Check out his this highlight reel via utrhighlightvideos on YouTube: