Like many other of the nation’s top programs, Michigan is working hard to establish a presence at Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy. The Wolverines already have offers out to two IMG players (Isaac Nauta and Rahshaun Smith), and recently began showing interest in another; three-star DE/LB Malik Barrow. The talented youngster doesn’t know a lot about the Maize & Blue just yet, but there’s a good chance that will change in the coming months.
“I know Michigan is in the Big Ten, it has a lot of tradition, and it’s a great school,” said Barrow. “(A visit will happen) if they show a lot of interest, but they might have to wait until my official.”
The timing of that potential visit may come down to how quickly Michigan moves. Barrow has already shown a willingness to travel far away from home to check out interested suitor. As a matter of fact he has taken trips to the campuses of nearly half of the 18 suitors that have extended offers. That includes a few B1G standouts.
“When I went to Ohio State and Michigan State for visits, it was a great experience to get up and see those schools. I had a great time.”
The Sunshine State star will hit the visit trail again soon and will again make stops at his in-state favorite and in the Midwest.
"I'm going down to Miami on the 28th and I'm trying to go to Ohio State's spring game," Barrow told Scout.com recently. "Also, a Penn State visit might be coming up. Kentucky, North Carolina and a few other schools (could receive visits) as well. Those will be for spring practices and games, basketball games I can go up to and just stuff like that."
“Narrowing down my list would probably come sometime during summer after I visit a lot of these schools, and maybe (there will be) a commitment sometime like maybe during the season. I don’t know actually.”
That list will very likely get longer before cut-down time comes. The 6-3, 260-pounder’s versatility continues to bring more and more interested suitors to his doorstep.
“People compare me to C.J. Mosley,” said Barrow. “A lot of coaches say (I can play) all over. Three-technique, end position, or outside linebacker. I don’t really care. Whatever position I’ll be most successful at is (where I’ll play).”
For now his primary focus is on rehabbing from offseason surgery.
“Most of the season I did pretty good, but I was playing with a torn labrum,” he said. “I had to get surgery in December, but it went pretty good. The doctor said my next checkup is in May, so, he’ll see how I’m doing and see if I’m good for any camps or anything.”