After being used sparingly as a freshman, Barbour became a starter at wide receiver during his sophomore season, catching 44 passes for 861 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also saw significant time at free safety, collecting 35 tackles, four interceptions, and six pass breakups. Additionally, he rushed five times for 65 yards and a score and returned a punt 98 yards to pay dirt.
"He's a lot similar to [2011 Duke signee from Monroe, Jamison] Crowder," Sowell said. "I don't like to compare them, but the similarities are there."
Last week, North Carolina became the sixth school to offer Barbour. UNC assistant coach Gunter Brewer came upon Barbour during an evaluation trip to Monroe to check out Duke commitment Quay Chambers.
"They were actually looking at the Chambers kid and of course saw Jaylen as a receiver," Sowell said. "They got a chance to look at Jaylen on his highlight tape and were really impressed with him. They feel like he's a slot type receiver."
Sowell delivered the news of the UNC offer to Barbour in his office later that day. The offer led Barbour to give Brewer a quick phone call.
"I really like Carolina," Barbour said. "I think it would be a great fit for me."
In addition to UNC, Barbour has received scholarship offers from Appalachian State, Duke, East Carolina, NC State, and South Carolina.
"I feel very special," Barbour said. "I just thank God first."
The only school Barbour has visited thus far is South Carolina, attending the Gamecocks Spring Game. The visit left a strong first impression on him.
"I like South Carolina so far," Barbour said. "But it's the only campus I've been to, so I'm familiar with it."
Barbour plans to camp at Duke, UNC, NC State, and South Carolina this summer.
In addition to football, Barbour is a big part of Monroe's basketball and track and field teams. In track he runs the 100-, 200-, and 400-meter dashes, and is a part of 4x100, 4x200, and 4x400 relays. His personal best time in the 100 is 11.25 seconds… He also maintains a 3.8 grade-point average in the classroom.