by Mark Clements
September 14, 2010 – After a dismal 1-9 season last year, Washington-Marion High School is looking for a brighter 2010 campaign. One senior looking to help the cause is athlete Dwight Barker.
Barker stands at 5’11” and 172 pounds, and also plays small forward for the basketball team and runs track for his Charging Indians. Barker is a blazer with a 4.51 forty time, while benching 225 and squatting 315.
“I feel that I have more opportunity in football than any other sport,” Barker said.
Washington-Marion has already kicked off their season, falling to LaGrange, 40-12.
Despite the loss, Barker said the Gators are his favorite team to match up against each year.“It’s a school right down the street from us and it’s a big rivalry match,” Barker said.
Looking to take his talents to the next level, Barker has attended three football camps, including a ULM combine, a Louisiana Tech combine and a third in Dallas, Texas.
Barker said his college choices are narrowed down to Ole Miss, ULM, Southern, Pennsylvania and Stanford, with the Rebels topping the list.
“I like the coaching staff,” Barker said. “I followed Houston Nutt since my first year when he was at Arkansas. I like his program and how he’s doing things.”
Breaking the norm of Louisiana natives, Barker said his favorite NFL team is the New York Jets, and said he sees a good year in store for them.
“I think they’re going to fare well,” Barker said. “They just signed a big cornerback with Darrelle Revis so hopefully they can get a Super Bowl title.”