- Jared Shanker, ESPN Staff Writer
Junior defensive end Mike Barwick (Cincinnati/Summit Country Day) plans on making it to a handful of college games this fall, and it began with one Saturday.
The 6-foot, 262-pound Barwick traveled to West Virginia to watch the Mountaineers open its season with a 69-34 win over Marshall.
Although a defensive player, Barwick appreciated the spectacular outing by Heisman candidate Geno Smith, who completed 32 of 36 passes for more than 300 yards and four touchdowns.
“The game was crazy. It was amazing to see Geno Smith go 32 [of] 36,” Barwick said.
Before the game, Barwick had a chance to see some of the facilities.
“Before the game I got to see the team walk in and hang out in their lounge with the other recruits,” he said. “The lounge was connected to the locker room and it was cool to see how the players prepare for their game.”
Still looking for his first scholarship, Barwick did not have a chance to talk with the staff much. He spoke to assistant Bill Bedenbaugh about his high school game Friday.
Barwick wants to make it back to Morgantown soon for another game this season.
“I loved the facilities and the city,” Barwick said. “Overall, it was a great experience”
Cincinnati will host Barwick on a visit Thursday for its opener against Pittsburgh, which is coming off a defeat to FCS Youngstown State. Barwick said he might make a visit on Saturday, too, but is unsure of where he will go.
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