From University High School in Spokane Valley, Washington, Campbell Barrington was in attendance at BYU’s summer camp last week. He had received a BYU offer months ago but decided to commit and be a Cougar while on campus for the camp.
“After the first morning practice and training a lot, BYU just seemed like the right place for me,” said Barrington. “The coaching staff is a really good staff and it just felt right. BYU has that family feel to it.”
While taking part in the camp activities, Barrington was waved over by BYU offensive line coach Mike Empey for a little chat. During the course of their discussion, Barrington decided to make it official.
“I was attending the camp and there’s a lot of good competition there,” said Barrington. “On Tuesday after the first morning scrimmage, Coach Empey and Coach Sitake called me over for a talk. They weren’t trying to push me to committing or anything. I just felt then that I wanted to commit. They were super happy after I committed.”
Coach Empey received two verbal commitments just moments apart from offensive linemen he had been recruiting heavily. The other commitment came from Lone Peak prospect Connor Pay. To hear Campbell Barrington tell him he wanted to be a BYU Cougar made his day.
“When I committed Coach Empey was super excited because right before I committed another offensive lineman committed too,” said Barrington. “He was really happy and excited. It was a lot of fun being there with him and talking with the coaches at the camp. They’re excited about seeing the 2018 class starting to come in.”
Barrington was one of four BYU commits that day. The reason for his BYU commitment decision was influenced by family, the BYU coaches, and the environment.
“Well for one my brother is going to BYU and he also plays offensive line,” said Barrington. “Also the coaching staff played a big part in the reason why I committed. There’s such a loving and warm feeling there. There’s something special going on there.”
Campbell Barrington will join his older brother Clark, who comes in at 6-6, 290-pounds and is a member of the 2016 class, at BYU. Campbell couldn’t be more excited to play with his older brother Clark once he returns home from his mission.
“My brother plays left tackle and I think they’ll be having him play that at BYU,” said Barrington. “He leaves on his mission on July 12th. He’s heading to Africa and he’s super excited about it.”
Now that this junior to be has wrapped up his recruiting, he can focus on the next two years of high school ball. The offer and commitment to BYU, he feels, has been a real blessing to him.
“I’m just super grateful that I’ve been offered by BYU,” said Barrington. “I feel I’ve been blessed to have an opportunity to commit to BYU and be a Cougar. This really means alot to me.”