Barrow (6-2, 220, 4.7) had offers from Ole Miss, Kansas State, Texas A&M and others, along with strong interest from several other schools including Alabama, Purdue, Michigan and Kentucky to name a few.
But when the Tigers offered on Tuesday, Barrow jumped on it.
“It was always my dream to play at LSU so after thinking about it I called coach Miles and told him I was ready,” said the Marrero (La.) John Ehret product. “It’s official. I’m committed to LSU.”
When Barrow spoke with Miles on Wednesday evening he gave the headman some news he was hoping to receive.
“He was excited and telling the other coaches around the office that I committed,” explained Barrow. “He talked to my mom after that and told her they were going to take care of me and couldn’t wait until I got up there.”
LSU had previously offered Barrow a “gray shirt” opportunity, which meant he would enroll in the spring rather than the fall of 2009 and be part of the ‘10 class.
That was something the standout linebacker was not too fond of so after evaluating him in person several times during his senior season, the coaches decided he was too good to let get away.
“Coach [Larry] Porter said they’ve been evaluating me and they saw me play in person and they needed a linebacker that could cover in space and that could rush the quarterback,” Barrow said. “They said they couldn’t wait any longer because they didn’t want to take the chance on me committing somewhere else.”
Barrow, a 3-star linebacker according to Scout.com, is scheduled to take his official visit to LSU the first weekend in December.
Ole Miss came in second and had been the team to beat since the Rebels offered very early in the process, but once LSU offered everyone in the Barrow household knew what was about to take place.
“It was always in the back of my mind that LSU was going to end up offering and when they did I knew that was where I wanted to go,” said Barrow. “Growing up around here it’s everyone’s dream to play there and to help them win more championships.
“My mom was real excited,” added Barrow. “She always figured that something like that would happen and now they can all see me play. My grandfather is getting kind of old now so he’ll be able to see me play too. Everyone is real excited and I know I can’t wait to get there next summer.”
Barrow already has the necessary core GPA and ACT score to be a full academic qualifier.
He was recently voted MVP in his district on the defensive side of the ball and estimated that he finished the year with 12 sacks and 85 tackles in eight games.