Talking With Top Illinois Recruit Centennial 6'4 Defensive End Jack Barnhart Class Of 2024
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Jackson Barnhart Centennial DE/LS Class Of 2024 6'4 240
Jack Barnhart how was your junior season? I improved on my technique. I got bigger and faster. I accomplished my goal of making All-State DL in 6A. Overall I felt like I had a great season and made a big step up from my sophomore year. What does football mean to you? It’s my favorite sport. I’ve been doing since I was in 3rd grade. I enjoy the team aspect and always have played it because I love it. I’ve grown up watching the U of I play because I grew up in Champaign. It’s always been my dream to play football at a high level. What should college coaches know about you? My coaches in wrestling and football tell me I have a high motor but the most important thing to me is the classroom. I have a 3.97/4 Gpa. I’m a part of the National Honor Society. I also have been wrestling for 12 years and it’s a big part of my success in football. I’m a 2-time All-State wrestler and a 2-time state placer at 220lbs. I’m coachable and always give 110% effort.
What do you feel is your strongest trait on the football field? Definitely my high motor and my conditioning. A lot of O-Linemen get tired and that’s when I really start bringing it to them. I also have violent hands and I’m quick of the edge. My pass rush has also gotten a lot better and I’ve been working on it this off season. I’m also good against the run and can beat double teams. What schools have you talked to so far? I’ve been talking to Southern Illinois University, Indiana State, South Dakota State, and Bemidji State. What do you like about playing in the trenches? The violence. I’m a wrestler at heart and I’m not a afraid to bully an O-Lineman. Every play I want to punish the opposing lineman.
How was your wrestling season?
It was pretty good. I took 6th at state. I was disappointed I didn’t place higher. I was the 1 seed going in and a couple matches didn’t go my way. I took it as a learning experience and I’m more hungry than every for football and wrestling. My record was 40-5
How has wrestling helped you in your football game? It has taught me how to ignore my mind when it’s telling me I’m tired. Wrestling is mostly mental and it’s really helped me in that aspect. It also teaches you how to run through someone’s face when going for a takedown. I have learned many other agilities like being able to do front handsprings. It’s not often you see a 6’3 almost 240 guy do a handspring. I owe that all to wrestling. It has helped me in every aspect. Football conditioning is no match to wrestling conditioning. I owe all my success in football to wrestling. Without it I wouldn’t be nowhere as good in football.
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