Those are just some of the reasons why Barrow has been named Recruiter of the Year at Miami by CanesTime.
His biggest catch was landing Arthur Brown, the nation's No. 1 linebacker prospect. What appeared to be a longshot to most Canes fans when Brown didn't even take an unofficial visit to Miami over the summer, Barrow turned into a reality when the five-star linebacker announced for the Hurricanes at the end of the season.
"Coach Barrow did a phenomenal job and he did a great job at showing him the campus experience," said Brown's mentor Brian Butler. "Micheal Barrow is the Miami linebacker coach that Arthur likes a lot.. He (is) probably (one of) Arthur's favorite coaches. (He is) passionate and (has) had a lot of success. (He) communicates well and (is a) God-fearing, down-to-earth (man)."
Barrow will be Miami's ace recruiter for Brown's younger brother Bryce, who will be a five-star running back prospect in the Class of 2009.
Another player the Canes didn't seem to stand a chance to get was four-star Ramon Buchanan, who comes from a school (Palm Bay) that traditionally always sends its top athletes to Florida. Barrow established a strong relationship with him early in the process and it paid off.
"He's real cool and down to earth and always tells me how it is," Buchanan said. "Whenever I'm talking to him, I know he's being real straight up with me and that's important in recruiting. He has a lot of experience and a good background behind him."
When Buchanan switched his commitment to Florida in late January, most people believed it was a longshot for the Canes to land him. Thanks to Barrow, Buchanan is now a Cane.
The third player who seemed like a total longshot to land was C.J. Holton, a four-star safety prospect from the Tallahassee area. Holton's mom worked at Florida State and he even committed to the Noles along with one of his teammates back in April. Barrow went to work, anyway, and it paid off.
"He's a great guy," Holton said. "I kept in touch with him. Most of the time, we don't even talk about football. We talk about life. We talk a lot about God. It's a godly relationship. He's still young but I have no doubt that he'll become one of the best coaches out there."
Barrow didn't stop there. His unit needed a major upgrade in talent and depth so he went out and took care of that. He was the main recruiter for four-stars Sean Spence and Marcus Robinson as well as three-stars Jordan Futch and Brandon Marti. They speak very highly of him.
"I really like Coach Barrow a lot," Spence said. "Whenever we would talk, it wouldn't be just about football. We'd talk about every day life and that's really important to me. I can talk to him about anything and not just football. He spent 13 years in the League and he can show us what we need to do in order to get there."
Futch had a lot of good things to say about his future position coach.
"He's a great coach," Futch said. "15 years in the NFL helps. I think he's going to do a great job there. I think it's gonna be great to work under Coach Barrow. He wants everyone competiting, fighting for a job. We're going in there to win football games. I'll learn a lot from him and I'm really excited about going in and playing under him. I know he'll make me a better player and develop my skills as a football player and as a person."
Robinson had a past with Barrow going into the recruiting process.
"He was one of our coaches at Homestead last year so I know what he's like," Robinson said. "I already know that he's a great coach and one I will enjoy working with once I get to Miami. We just talk, sometimes about life, sometimes about football. That's the cool thing about it -- I can talk to him about anything and feel comfortable about doing it."
Marti made a summer commitment to Wisconsin but switched the minute he landed an offer from the Canes. Marti said a big reason why was because of his relationship with Barrow.
"He played a lot of years in the NFL and that's something that you notice," Marti said. "Not a lot of other coaches can say that. I love him. He'll talk to you about anything but he has a lot of passion for football."
Fullback John Calhoun was another player who Barrow recruited. Calhoun seems like a typical sleeper who brings a lot to the table as a prospect. Barrow found him before he had any other Division 1 scholarship offers.