Penn State commit Damion Barber was one of the many Penn State recruits on hand to watch the Nittany Lions upset Ohio State 24-21 at Beaver Stadium this past weekend. Barber has not wavered in his commitment to Penn State in the months after he verbally committed on February 27 and the Nittany Lions’ win on Saturday helped enforce his belief that he's made the right choice.
“Penn State’s win was unbelievable after being down 21-7,” said Barber. “Win or lose, I’m a die-hard Penn State fan and I know I made the best decision of my life. The crowd had the team’s back one-hundred percent and it was just an awesome feeling to witness greatness. I’m so proud of Coach (James) Franklin and the staff.”
Barber was also in State College the night before with his Harrisburg High School (PA) football team to take on State College High School (PA) in a Mid-Penn Commonwealth conference game. Barber’s Harrisburg team fell short to State College by a score of 35-28. Even though the Cougars did not get the victory, Barber feels that Harrisburg has a better team compared to last year’s team that went through a rough 2015 season.
“This year, we have more vocal leaders and the coaches have been on point since day one,” said Barber. “We just got tired of getting pointed by every team (last year) and in the last two games we’ve really fought back even though we ended up losing both games. Last year we didn’t have that fight. This team is special and I’m doing my best to keep my teammates positive on the field. We just became more of a family this year and Coach Cal (Everett) is one heck of a coach. We’ll do whatever is best for him.”
It’s the fight that Penn State showed after trailing 21-7 in the game that impressed Barber the most.
“Teams know about how tough it is to play Penn State plays at home (Beaver Stadium). They know that they need to bring their A-game because the crowd is never quiet except when Penn State has the football.”