Over the next six weeks it's going to be hard to tell if Mike Barry is the Hinsdale South varsity football coach or an air traffic controller.
Wednesday marked the start of the NCAA football spring evaluation period, as college coaches will begin to descend nationwide upon high schools over the next six weeks.
Hinsdale South junior four-star defensive end Josh King (6-foot-6, 230 pounds), who is also Rivals.com's 59th ranked national recruit in the Class of 2016 and the consensus No. 1 recruit in Illinois, will be a must-stop visit for college coaches. King, who had representatives from Michigan State visit Hinsdale South this week, already has scholarship offers from coast-to-coast.
So how will Barry manage the flood of college coaches?
"I am a classroom teacher first so my time to meet is limited," Barry said. "I usually ask that the college coaches come to team workouts. It creates a motivating factor for all the guys, not just the major DI prospects. In addition, I have a great staff that always goes above and beyond to assist."
Barry also admits that the amount of college coaches stopping into school can be a challenge. Teamwork will be a big factor for him and the Hornets staff.
"We expect coaches every day and there are times when three or more coaches from major universities walk in the door at the same time," Barry said. "It can become a revolving door. Our school plan is to have everybody in the loop. From our greeter at the front door to guidance, the athletic department and of course the coaches, everyone will be ready to make this a smooth process."