Cincinnati defensive lineman Michael Barwick commits to Indiana

Indiana made defensive tackle a major priority for the Class of 2013 because of the graduation of four-year starters Adam Replogle and Larry Black Jr., bringing in five players at the position including four-star recruit Darius Latham and a pair of junior college transfers.

Judging by their first commitment for the Class of 2014, the position remains a priority going forward.

Michael Barwick, a 6-foot-1, 297-pound defensive tackle from Summit Country Day School in Cincinnati, committed to Indiana on Sunday, becoming the first player in the class to do so.

Barwick chose the Hoosiers over several offers from Mid-American Conference schools, including Akron, Ball State, Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Kent State, Toledo and Western Michigan. However, the Hoosiers had been after Barwick since last summer and offered him several months ago. The choice seemed obvious to him.

“I’ve been down to Indiana quite a few times,” Barwick said. “Just going down there and seeing the facilities and the campus and the city of Bloomington in general, it just felt like home to me. And they’ve got a lot of great coaches there, coach (Kevin) Wilson, the coach who recruited me, coach (Greg) Frey, the defensive line coaches (Jon Fabris and James Patton). IU’s got some special players and I think we can do some big things there.”

The wide-bodied Barwick typically plays a nose tackle type position at Summit Country Day, but coach Mike Brown said he can also play as a three-technique, shed blockers and get to quarterbacks and ball carriers. Brown said Barwick recorded 7 ½ sacks last season and 90 tackles, including 19 tackles for loss.

“The first thing you think of is his toughness,” Brown said. “He can take on blockers in the middle and shake them off and get to the ball. He’s got quick hands and quick feet. He’s strong. He can push people around inside. Even though he’s not that tall, that gives him a good base. He’s got strong legs, He can get that leverage on an offensive lineman and he uses that to his advantage.”

Barwick is going into this four year starter at Summit Country Day. Last season, he helped lead the squad to an 11-1 record and it’s first ever victory in the Division 5, Region 20 playoffs.

10 comments

  1. I might get some heat for this, but I was disipointed on the lack of big time schools that offered this guy. All MAC schools. With Wilson, I think we can expect 3 star talent and above, unlike Lynch. It’s old seeing us as the only big school to offer, and then the dinky schools. Hope we can develop him. I am pleased though. Seems to have decent upside.

  2. Ben, the way that Wilson has handled recruiting leaves nothing to be disappointed in. He is through and very deliberative in making offers.

    Using the standard of what others are doing is absolutely the wrong way to approach developing this program. We can either trust Wilson’s capacity to evaluate and develop players according to what he needs or stay the losers we have been for a long time.

  3. So far Wilson hasn’t disipointed me Tsao. I like his vision. It’s exciting to see this program continue to turn the corner.

  4. Geoff,

    I believe Tsao means is Wilson do t pull the trigger on anyone. Keen eye for talent. Lynch was just a nice guy, and slobbered on himself when a 3 star player was interested in Indiana. The program has momentum. The right guy is steering the ship.

  5. I agree Ben, I particularly like the fact that Wilson has really focused on building a foundation for the program based on solid prospects that the staff can develop. Seems like Barwick fits that description. Yes, you are right, I don’t think Wilson pulls the trigger on offers until they meet his criteria. Everything I read seems to show he has to see and be convinced that the prospect is solid and can improve the program. That is the sense that I mean ‘thorough and deliberative’ (just as you say, he does not pull the trigger unless convinced.

    I’m not convinced that was the authentic ‘Geoff’ on the post. If it was, the diapers are getting to him. Thanks. Go Hoosiers!

  6. Ben, you might be surprised to know Barwick is a 3* on Rivals and Scout recruiting boards. Coach Fabris is a skilled evaluator of talent for his DL responsibilities in Bloomington. IU had made him a target a long time ago. Also Oregon, PSU, WV and Wisky were sniffing around at this kid.

  7. Also, its still early in the recruiting process. I would suspect that Barwick could have easily picked up a few more offers had gone to some camps this summer. Remember that Jason Spriggs had no other BCS offers.

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