"Carolina was always his dream school" said Surry County head football coach Ervin Jones of Surry County. "He called me up and said, I'm going to my dream school, I'm going to my dream school. I know he is happy and we're all happy for him. I know it was important to his family that he stays close by so that they could come and see him play."
Barham was impressive on the gridiron in 2004 compiling approximately 500 yards receiving on 25 catches with 6 TDs and on defense tallying around 110 tackles (70 solo) with 11 sacks from his defensive end position.
"North Carolina is recruiting me as a tight end so as far as I know that is where I will be playing," said Barham
Although Barham ws impressive on the gridiron, he garnered even more honors playing basketball as he averaged 20.2 points and 17.2 rebounds per game, was named Group A player of the year. Barham had 14 points and 11 rebounds in Surry's win over Twin Springs in the state championship game.
"I am not sure what I want to major in yet," said Barham. "I just know that UNC has always been my dream school and now I have a chance to go."
Barham has to temper his joy at committing to the Tar Heels with some sadness as his Basketball coach, Joe Ellis, died of inoperable colon cancer in May but not before his Cougars brought home a state championship. For his efforts, Coach Ellis was awarded Coach of the year.
"He was like a father to me," said Barham. "I know that he will be with me no matter where I go helping me to succeed."
Coach Ervin Jones said that they wanted to wrap up football recruiting as soon as possible as Ed and the entire community was still going through a mourning period. Basketball season for 2005-2006 was probably going to be tough on everyone. Barham does not plan on playing basketball in college.