The 6-4, 245-pound Barrow already was mulling offers from the likes of Maryland, Pittsburgh, Northwestern and Michigan State. In fact, he is due to visit Maryland this weekend. He will tentatively visit OSU Jan. 9.
"Coach Fickell told me in person when we talked on Friday," Barrow said. "I have been talking to him throughout the whole process."
Barrow missed five games late last year due to a shoulder injury. He then attended OSU's summer camp in June. He solidified himself as one of the state's top prospects with a stellar senior campaign. He had 58 tackles (25 solos), 13 sacks, one caused fumble and five batted passes.
He earned second-team All-Ohio honors in Division I, where his 10-3 Coffman team reached the regional finals. Long ranked Barrow as the state's No. 23 senior in the December edition of Ohio High.
Barrow said he does not plan to make a quick decision.
"I am still going to take the same approach as I would take with any other school," he said. "I want to look at everything and take all of my visits. Those five schools are in no particular order right now. I have to go and look at them first."
When asked about his proficiency on the defensive line, Barrow said, "I guess I'm kind of a balance between a pass rusher and a run stopper. I think I'm pretty good at both."
His line coach at Coffman, Sheldon Hill, said Barrow came back strong after missing part of his junior year.
"It doesn't take long when you watch the film to see him stand out," Hill said. "His number one asset is his motor doesn't stop. He is relentless in pursuit and in the pass rush."
According to Hill, in a first-round playoff game against Marion Harding, Barrow single-handedly stuffed two fourth-and-1 tries by Harding.
"He is a play maker," Hill said. "He is by far and away our most dominant defensive player. Plus, physically, he's got so much potential to just keep growing. Some schools have said he could gain 20 or 30 pounds and it wouldn't hurt him."
Barrow holds a 2.7 GPA.