Alex Bars and his high school squad open up the 2013 season on Friday night as Montgomery Bell Academy hosts Memphis’ Christian Brothers High School in Nashville.
“I can’t wait,” the 6-foot-6, 290-pound Bars said.
Bars committed to Notre Dame in May over offers from schools like Michigan, Penn State, LSU, Florida, Florida State, Nebraska, Ohio State and Stanford among several others. He has high hopes for his Montgomery Bell squad after a 9-4 season last year.
“I think we’re going to be pretty good,” said Bars. “We have a lot of returning guys. We’re pretty big upfront and our secondary is really good, so we should do pretty well.”
The goal is simple, “Win state.”
Bars believes the keys to maximizing his team’s potential are also simple, “Keeping everyone healthy, getting the plays down and executing property.”
But while expectations are high, Bars plans on making his final season of high school football one to remember forever.
“I just want to have a lot of fun out there,” Bars said. “I’m going both ways, so I’ll really enjoy that.
“All of my friends are on the team. It’s pretty fun out there.”
There’s a good chance Bars’ last high school game could be one of the postseason all-star games, possibly the Under Armour All-America Football Game in Florida.
“I’m not sure yet,” said Bars. “I think my dad is working it out. I do have basketball and it’s during playoff time, so we’ll have to work that out.
“That would be unbelievable. That would be so fun.”
Bars has managed to stay in contact with his future position coach at Notre Dame, Harry Hiestand, over the summer.
“A little bit,” Bars said. “I know he’s busy with camp now and before that he was on vacation with his family.”
He isn’t sure when he’ll take his official visit to Notre Dame, but does plan to take in at least one game in South Bend this fall.
“I think my bye week is the USC game, so I’ll be up there for that almost definitely.”