As one of the earlier pledges in Penn State's 2017 class, four-star defensive end Damion Barber never wavered after committing to the Nittany Lions back in February of 2016. Barber took three unofficial visits to PSU between October and November of last year. His parents were able to make the trip with him to Happy Valley during his official visit this past weekend.
"Both of my parents came with me on the visit," Barber said. "My mother loves everything about the school, especially the academics."
More importantly, according to Barber, the family-like atmosphere that his mom felt around the coaching staff was a big plus.
"They say it's like being a part of a family when you play for Penn State," Barber said. "She really felt it was like being around family. She loves the coaches and both her and my stepfather got to hang with Coach (Sean) Spence and Coach (Brent) Fry. My parents already have a bond with them."
Barber called the visit "amazing," adding, "It was great to spend time with the other commits. I was able to get a taste of the college life at Penn State and it was a great experience."
During the 2016 season, Barber played both defensive end and defensive tackle at Harrisburg High. He said the PSU coaching staff hasn't ruled out playing him at defensive tackle in the future.
"The coaching staff wants me at defensive end," he said. "However, if I were to play defensive tackle, they want me to get bigger, stronger, and closer to 280-290 pounds."
Barber is excited to start his career at Penn State, but won't be disappointed if he is redshirted.
"The coaches said that if I come up there and show that I'm ready to play, then they will put me in the rotation.," he said. "If they don't think I'm ready to play, then they'll redshirt me. That'll help me develop into the best player that I can be."