Over the past couple days I have been speaking back and forth with junior college defensive back Barry Moreland (Central Lakes College). Moreland has one interesting journey that could turn out to be a special story one day. He committed to West Virginia last week, but has not been in contact with the staff, “I have sent a lot of email trying to get a hold of them, but with it being bowl season they have been busy. So I am preparing myself for the walk on tryouts on January 15th.”
Moreland was very open about his journey and how he got to where he is today:
” I’m originally from Zion, Illinois. I graduated from high school and transferred to Central Lakes College in Brainerd, Minnesota in 2015. I basically only played two years of high school football which was my freshman and senior year. I didn’t get any playing time as a sophomore and junior year of high school. I came out of high school with zero offers, so I decided to take the JUCO route and go to Central Lakes. There I only played special teams my freshman year of college, then I worked my tail off during the offseason and earned a starting role my sophomore season of 2017. I recorded 35 tackles, 5 interceptions, 8 pass break ups and 1 field goal block as a year one starter, I received a few offers coming out of Central Lakes, but couldn’t take any because I had to finish up my AA degree so I could be eligible to transfer. I always watched West Virginia play on tv when I was a little kid playing pop warner football. Then my favorite receiver, Tavon Austin, went to West Virginia. Over the years I watched/studied Karl Joseph and Rasul Douglas, then it came to me over the summer that I wanted to go to WVU. I’ve always loved the game day atmosphere and environment and how the community is so supportive of the program. I came from nothing so as long as I believe in myself and continue to work hard the sky is the limit. I’m just trying to make a way for my family and get them out of poverty.”
I asked Moreland what his goals are and what he hopes to achieve at West Virginia and he responded, “My goals are pretty simple, just come in right away and create a name for myself and make plays. I’m really confident going into tryouts, I believe that I’ve worked hard enough and am well prepared and just blessed to have this opportunity to showcase my talents.”
Moreland has raw potential and has all of the tools necessary to be successful, but it will all be determined on January 15th, the day West Virginia will hold its tryouts.