Akron team leader as a central defender and former Columbus Crew academy player. Will he be a right back or centerback in MLS?
What Scouts Say: "Very good centerback despite being undersized ... Got it done because all the intangibles are there: focused, strong character and a leader ... Tenacious, hard and brave ... Pretty good defensively on 1-v-1s and blocks more shots than anyone you've seen ... Athletically, he's a tweener but he's a winner and a soccer player ... Distribution and playing out of the back are not his strengths, but he keeps possession and keeps things simple ... He's not the strongest in the air for a centerback but jumps really well ... Could potentially be used as a stay-at-home, lock-down right back."
College (Akron): Team captain in 2011 and 2012 ... NSCAA All-America First Team as a senior (2012) and three-time All-MAC first team (2010-2012) ... Appeared and started in all but two matches of his college career (93 of 95 games) ... Featured prominently in Akron's record-setting defensive juggernaut that logged multiple double-digit shutout seasons ... Had the memorable game-winning save in the final minutes of the NCAA championship win vs. Louisville in 2010 ... Started all 25 matches as a freshman in 2009.
US National Team: Starred on multiple U.S. national teams, including the U-18s, U-17s and U-15s. Called up by the U.S. U-20 National Team at the end of March 2010 for a pair of competitions.
Club: Played for Crew Academy ... Competed in US Soccer's Development Academy ... Member of the Academy National Finals U-18 Columbus Crew Academy team.
High School: Olentangy High School ... 2008 all-state second team honoree for Div. I at Olentangy High School.
Personal: Parents are William and Darlene Barson ... Has two older brothers, Brent and Ryan ... majoring in biology.