It wouldn't be that shocking if Pulaski Academy junior-to-be Neal Barlow caught a pass over the middle of the football field this summer and shook his defender with a cross over dribble.
Seems like it would be easy to get confused since Barlow (6-6, 180) is doubling up this summer playing AAU basketball for the Arkansas Wings 16-and-under team and catching passes for the Bruins in 7-on-7 action.
"I haven't done anything like that yet," Barlow said. "I am just trying to work to get better in both sports and feel like that is happening. I am just having fun and don't really have a favorite sport."
Barlow and University of Arkansas commit Cruz Williams (6-5, 205) will form a formidable duo on the gridiron – as they previously have on the basketball court.
"I think we are really working well together and I think that will continue once we get into the season," Barlow said. "We can high low some safeties, pick on whoever has the smallest guy because we are both big and can jump up and get it."
Pulaski Academy, which lost 56-55 in the Class 5A state title to Greenwood, will have to replace over 10,000 yards in total offense lost to graduation.
Barlow caught 12 passes for over 200 yards last season, but those numbers are expected to skyrocket this season.
"Hopefully we will live up to what we did last year," Barlow said. "We are all working hard this summer and hopefully we will be able to repeat the success we had last season."
A lot of that success will hinge on the development of junior quarterback Spencer Keith, who will take over for Texas Tech signee Stefan Loucks.
"He is doing very good," Barlow said. "He was kind of rough when he first started off, but Coach has turned him into somebody special. He works so hard."
Barlow will soon be back in the basketball mode in July as the Wings compete at the Nike Peach Jam and both the Super Showcase and 17-and-under National AAU Tournament in Orlando.
"I am looking forward to the rest of the summer in both sports," Barlow said. "I just want to get quicker and stronger to help out in both sports."
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