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Monday, January 14, 2013
Four-star RB taking official visit to Texas

By Max Olson

Texas is leaving no stone unturned in its search for a running back for its 2013 class, and a new name on now on the radar.

Four-star back Peyton Barber (Alpharetta, Ga./Milton) picked up an offer from Texas last week and confirmed in a text message to HornsNation he plans to take an official visit to Austin this weekend.

Barber has been committed to Ole Miss since July but it spending the month of January weighing his other options. He’s already taken official visits to Auburn and UCLA this month.

After visiting Texas, Barber is expected to take a final trip to Ole Miss on the weekend of Jan. 25. He’s been committed since July 29, when he chose the Rebels over Arizona State, Clemson and North Carolina.

The 5-foot-10, 210-pound back is ranked No. 5 among running back prospects in the state of Georgia. He rushed for 1,713 yards and 22 touchdowns as a senior at Milton.

Barber said he received his offer from Larry Porter, who recruited him while Arizona State. Porter has been plenty busy since getting hired as Texas’ new running backs coach on Jan. 2.

Texas expressed interest in another Ole Miss commit, Mark Dodson Jr., earlier this month immediately after Porter took over. Dodson was unable to schedule a visit and is set to enroll early at Ole Miss.

ESPN 150 back Alex Collins (Plantation, Fla./South Plantation) also received a visit from Porter on Friday and could take an official visit to Texas this month. The Longhorns are hunting for a new back after losing ESPN 300 recruit Kyle Hicks (Arlington, Texas/Martin) to TCU in December.