"The foundation is here to be really good. We just need to do a great job in recruiting and win some games because we can be a consistent winner at NC State... win championships. This is a really good spot, the school and the Raleigh area."
Barlow spent the previous two seasons at Vanderbilt, where he served as the defensive backs coach as well as the defensive recruiting coordinator. Previously he spent three seasons at New Mexico and ten years at James Madison (five as defensive coordinator).
Instantly he said he was impressed by the cohesiveness of the Wolfpack coaching staff.
"The chemistry is great," said Barlow. "That's one of the things that brought me here. The coaches here are in it for the right reasons.
"They are here for the kids. I coach because I have a passion to mentor and develop young men, and I feel like the other coaches on our staff share that same path. These guys enjoy being around each other... that chemistry is necessary to take the program to that winning level."
While Barlow loves coaching and developing players, he understands how vital recruiting is to producing a winning program.
"Recruiting is critical," Barlow stated. "That's what it's about. We have to be great teachers once we get them here, but you must get the talent necessary to win.
"That's what attracted me to Coach Doeren. Recruiting is important to him, and that has been common with other coaches I've worked for. That's my philosophy too. I want the best players around me that I can find."
Barlow will recruit Virginia, DC, and Maryland for the Wolfpack, a region he's extremely familiar with.
"The areas I have will be within driving distance so I need to get on that train and get as many kids down here as I can," he said. "I was the defensive coordinator at James Madison for a long time, so I just need to go through and rekindle those ties that I had there.
"I actually look forward to it because I get a chance to see some people I haven't seen in a long time."
With the Pack going through spring practice, Barlow has been able to work with the cornerbacks currently on the roster, a group that has caught his eye.
"They are really good kids, and as far as talent, they are really good," he stated. "Juston [Burris] does a great job, Jack [Tocho] does a great job, and Niles [Clark] hasn't played as much but he also has a chance to be good, so does Sean Paul.
"The thing I like about them is they are athletic kids, but they have great size. All of them are around 6'0 and 190-200 pounds so that allows us to be physical. That's the thing we want to do, we want to be more physical at the point of attack and continue to improve on the skillset.
"It's my job as a teacher to get them where they need to be."