It happened rather quickly, as the 6-foot-3, 212-pound four-star outside linebacker tells it. Now a visit to University Park to see it all in person could happen sooner rather than later.
"It meant a lot," Barajas said. "I didn't even think Penn State would offer, but with Penn State having the tradition they have at linebacker, it matters.
"They're definitely in the mix now."
Barajas was first contacted by Penn State quarterbacks coach Ricky Rahne on social media earlier this week, and after exchanging a few messages, the junior placed a call to Rahne.
That's when the offer, his seventh, came, along with a chat with linebackers coach Brent Pry.
"I like Coach Rahne a lot," Barajas said. "He's a cool guy, and interesting, so that's always big. I like Coach Pry a lot, too. He seems serious about having strengths at his positions, and he did his research on me.
"I also like the way he said he doesn't just recruit anyone. He focuses on specific types of kids and focuses on being a good person. He said it's not only about football, but things outside of football, too."
With mostly Big Ten offers and living in Big Ten territory, Barajas said he does see himself as a prototypical Big Ten linebacker, pointing to his ability to hit but get into space, as well.
The junior made 98 tackles and had five sacks in 2013, and added his biggest strength is getting off blocks. He hopes to take off on a trip to Penn State down the road, too.
"I definitely say I'll visit Penn State to meet the coaches face-to-face and see the facilities," Barajas said. "You just never know with a school, so I want to visit as soon as possible just to see it for myself.
"I'll probably visit during the spring for a practice."