University High School (Spokane Valley, WA) offensive lineman Campbell Barrington remembers the day this past January when he was offered a BYU scholarship to continue his education and play football at the next level. It was an exciting day for the Barrington family on many levels.
“It was really shocking when I got the offer and it was a really exciting experience for me,” said Barrington. “My brother had received an offer earlier and he committed that morning. Then later that day I got my offer. I wasn’t expecting it to happen and even my parents weren’t expecting it to happen. It was just a shocking experience and a great day for us all.”
The offer occurred while the Barrington family was on campus visiting BYU during Clark Barrington's official visit. There wasn’t a formal setting when the offer came. Rather, it was a spontaneous occurrence giving credence as to why it was a shocking experience.
“It was right outside a restaurant when I got the offer,” said Barrington. “Coach Sitake was the one that offered me. He told me and my family right then and there that I had an offer to come to BYU. He said that I now have the opportunity to come to BYU and play with my older brother. That’s sweet!
“My brother was also excited and also very shocked. It all happened when we were visiting BYU for my brother’s official visit. It was really cool to be there on campus. Getting an offer from BYU is cool because I’m Mormon and walking through all the coach’s offices and seeing all the quotes from the prophets and apostles on the walls was great to see. It just shows how BYU is a different place.”
A sophomore offensive tackle at University High School, Campbell Barrington anchored the Titans line opposite of his big brother Clark.
“I played right tackle at my school and my brother Clark played left tackle,” said Barrington. “They’re thinking about moving me to left tackle now that my brother is graduating this year. The main thing that Coach Empey said about me was he’s seeing me do things he sees other players do in their senior year. He’s seeing me do things in my film as a sophomore that he’s seeing others do in their film as seniors. That’s a great compliment to me.”
As a sophomore, Campbell Barrington is one big boy. His brother Clark Barrington is listed by BYU as coming in at 6-6, 275-pounds as a senior. Campbell, on the other hand, is bigger as a sophomore.
“I’m a little bigger than my brother,” Clark Barrington said. “I’m taller at 6-7, 275-pounds. My brother is a little bit shorter than me.”
So, what is momma Barrington feeding her kids to make them grow so tall at a young age?
“Tons of Costco,” Barrington quickly said with a laugh. “Yeah, everything’s in bulk.”
With boys that big buying food in bulk is a good, cost effective move by the matriarch of the Barrington family. As they say, ‘Momma always knows best.’
Now that her second son has an offer from BYU, the family has to be excited.
“Yeah, she’s happy for me,” Barrington said. “My whole family is excited.”
With that being said, where does BYU place among his top colleges? Currently BYU is at the top of Barrington’s list. His short trip to Provo with his family, when he received his offer, left a big impression on him in so many ways.
“Right now BYU is my number one school, but I’m going to wait a bit before I make a final decision,” said Barrington. “BYU is my top school right now though and I’m excited about the offer from Coach Sitake. Eastern Washington has also offered me and Washington State University has come by and is also looking at me.
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“The things I like about BYU are how close the coaches are with one another. It seemed like they were a big family down there and really close. When my brother committed to BYU, all the coaches were excited about him and hugging him. The family atmosphere is different there even with the recruits. When my brother told the coaches he was committing to go there, a recruit that had been committed already hugged him. All the recruits where just hugging and seemed really close even though they barely knew each other. It’s just a different atmosphere there. Like I said, I couldn’t be happier with the offer from Coach Sitake.”