Barlow talked about the process that he went through that led him to choose Mississippi State.
"My dad and I have been doing some research and we have been thinking that Mississippi State is the place for me to be," said Barlow. "With their coaches, I know how they do stuff to better prepare you for the future. (MSU head) Coach (John) Cohen and (associate head coach/pitching) Coach (Butch) Thompson, I have been around them a little while and I know they are the top in the business, the top coaches in the country. And it feels good to be a part of that because I know they can get me better in every aspect of the game."
Barlow, though, was already committed to Ole Miss, a school he liked but didn't feel was the best fit for him. He, along with another Dulins Dodgers teammate, Gray Fenter, who was also committed to Ole Miss, decommitted at the same time.
"Gray (Fenter) and I talk everyday because we are close friends and we both talked about how (Ole Miss) wasn't a fit for us and we felt like Mississippi State was," said Barlow.
Due to that, he took the next step in his recruitment, which was to decommit, then call the school he felt best fit him.
"I called Mississippi State the next day after I decommitted," said Barlow. "I called them because I felt like they would get me more prepared for after college baseball and for life. I called (assistant) Coach (Nick) Mingione. He sounded pretty excited when I called him. He told me that he didn't think he would ever hear from me again. He said he would be very happy if I would come for a visit."
Barlow then set up a visit to Mississippi State and committed during his visit.
"Coach Mingione brought me into his office and went over my scholarship, then I committed in his office," said Barlow. "Then, we went outside and I told Coach Cohen and Coach Thompson. It felt great! It made me feel good. I felt welcomed into the Bulldog family right then and felt ready to be there."
Another reason he feels very comfortable is due to so many of his current Dulins Dodgers teammates being MSU commitments, guys like Austin Riley, Hunter Stovall, Luke Alexander, Keegan James, Brant Blaylock, Jake Mangum, Riley Self and Dustin Skelton. He also has a former high school teammate, lefthanded pitcher Paxton Stover, who is true freshman on the current MSU baseball team.
"It made it a feel little easier (to commit) because we are all like family because we are around each other all summer and in the fall," said Barlow. "We work out together. You build a bond that won't be broken."
Barlow, who is lefthanded, throws a four-seam fastball (87-89, 92 tops), a changeup and a curveball.
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