Iowa Impresses Barron

Class of 2014 offensive lineman visited Iowa this spring and came away impressed. The Indiana prospect enjoyed it so much that he plans to camp with the Hawkeyes.

Kirk Barron likes what he's learned about Iowa's offensive line coaching. The Class of 2014 offensive lineman felt he would fit well into the Hawkeyes' system.

Barron visited Iowa this spring with a group from Core 6 Athletes, where he's coached by former Hawkeye offensive lineman Mike Jones. They were able to sit in on positional meetings.

"I like Coach Brian Ferentz's philosophy about blocking," Barron said of Iowa's offensive line coach. "I think he's a big guy on leverage. Mike Jones teaches us the same stuff at Core 6.

"(Ferentz) doesn't seem like he's a stickler about making sure they recruit guys that are 6-8, 350 pounds. They're just really about leverage, strength and speed. I think that's where I fit."

Barron, who still is awaiting his first scholarship offer, said he will definitely camp at Iowa this summer. He also plans to make trips to similar events at Pittsburgh, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan State, Purdue, Arkansas, Alabama, Auburn, and possibly Tennessee.

"I thought Iowa was perfect," the 6-foot-3, 290-pounder from Marian High (Mishawaka, IN) said. "The campus was really nice and the coaches were great. I haven't really talked to them much. They really talk to Mike Jones.

"I hope for the best. I hope they offer me. It's a great school. It's definitely up there on my radar."

Barron projects as an interior lineman on the next level.

"Most schools are looking at me as a center," he said. "I just want to get on the field and play. Right now, my coach has me at guard. I'll probably get some center in and also play some D-tackle."

Barron, who is considering college majors in broadcasting and sports management, also visited Pittsburgh in the spring.

"Pittsburgh was a great school, too," Barron said. "The coaches were just as nice. The facilities were great. They're a top-notch school. They're moving to the ACC, so we'll see what goes on there."

While he'd like to receive a few scholarship offers as soon as possible, Barron is fine with the pace of his recruitment. He said he might not commit to a school until during or after his senior season.

"I'd like to take my time and be patient, but if there's a school I really like that offers me I could commit early," he said.


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