Barry Wesley earns scholarship from CSU football
Barry Wesley received zero Division 1 offers as a senior in high school. After impressing the coaching staff with his relentless work ethic and dedication to the game over the last year, Wesley is now a scholarship player for Colorado State football in just his sophomore season.
In an exclusive interview with Rams Report earlier this week, Wesley explained that he has a strong bond with the coaching staff because football is important to him, so he treats every day with the same dedication to detail and is always willing to give everything he has.
Wesley has been overlooked since he was a freshman at Bear Creek High School (Lakewood, Colo.) and it has created a chip on his shoulder to prove he belongs. Wesley has certainly proved he can hang on the field. The coaching staff has raved about Wesley throughout the first week of training camp, consistently praising his intelligence on the field, ability to play both right and left tackle, along with his attitude through a difficult process of moving all over the field.
Head coach Mike Bobo has explained that the staff feels comfortable rotating him between the tackle positions and even occasionally throwing Wesley in at guard because the 6-foot-6, 310 pound lineman is the only player capable of handling it all.
On Thursday, offensive coordinator Dave Johnson explained that Wesley had the maturity of a much older player and he does not miss his assignments, which is why he has quickly shot up the depth chart. When it comes to being motivated, there might not be a player on the field that brings more effort than Wesley on a daily basis.
"You see him trying wholeheartedly trying to do the things that I am trying to coach and teach, and so he has really built a rapport with me," Johnson said. "He is intelligent and he goes hard. He does the exact thing that you are trying to get accomplished and he does it with a great attitude and a lot of enthusiasm."
After almost giving up the game after the eighth grade, Wesley is thankful for his family and coaches for pushing him to never give up.
"I am glad my mom and my coaches pushed me through it because here I am," Wesley said.
PHOTO: Loveland Reporter-Herald