Speed is something you can’t coach a player to have, either he has it or he doesn’t.
2020 wide receiver Jaylon Barden has a whole lot of it and is one of the faster junior players in the country.
— Elite Student Athletes Inc (@WeAreESA) March 27, 2019
Friday morning, Barden will be in town to make an unofficial visit to Pitt.
Barden (5’11”, 175) is from Westside, Georgia and is rated as a 3-star recruit with offers from Pitt, Indiana, Kentucky and Colorado State.
Prior to his arrival in town, Pittsburgh Sports Now spoke with Barden to find out about his relationship with Pitt and expectations for this weekend.
”Pitt is in my top three right now,” said Barden. “I really like Pitt’s coaching staff and they’re one of the top schools in the country for physical therapy which I want to major in.”
”Pitt likes me both as a person and as a player. I’m not just going up there to take a trip, I’m going up there for a reason to check them out. I’d like to make a decision right before my season starts.”
— Jaylon Barden (@BardenJaylon) March 26, 2019
Barden has held an offer from Pitt since the beginning of the year. Since then the staff has been constant communication with him which hasn’t gone unnoticed by Barden.
”As a player, you can get a feel when a team really wants you. You can just get that feeling. Plus, their new offensive coordinator he’s texted me and said he wants me to the leading receiver in the nation if I would commit there.”
Mark Whipple has some credibility to back up that statement considering last year he coached Andy Isabella who led all of college football with 1,698 yards.
”That made me feel good,” said Barden. “Isabella is only 5’11”, 190 and I’m 5’11”, 180 and I know that wherever I go they’ll put some weight on me.”
Barden skillset is compared a lot to current Philadelphia Eagles wideout DeSean Jackson because of the blazing speed.
Check out his highlight – https://t.co/ot6NlBy7me
— jaylonbarden’s mom (@kenyub81) March 28, 2019
Barden credits his relationship with Archie Collins as a big factor in his high interest in Pitt.
”He’s such a good guy,” said Barden. “He’s one of the best coaches, recruiters that I’ve ever talked to. I can’t really explain it. He’s almost like family now with me and a big reason why I’m coming up to visit.”