At 6-foot-4, 265 pounds, with a 5.0 second range forty, Quinn Barham (pronounced BEAR-ham) was selected to the annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas, an all-star game which pits North Carolina against South Carolina. He will play in the contest with fellow PSU commitment Kevion Latham.
That was not the only honor Barham has received this season. The Carolina Panthers selected the senior offensive tackle as a 2006 Carolina Panthers Community Captain. The program recognizes high school student-athletes in North and South Carolina who excel in the classroom, in the community and on the football field.
The program is designed to recognize outstanding young leaders and to encourage their future development as role models while they continue their personal growth in college and in their professional careers.
He talked about the NFL honor, saying community service plays a large role in his life. As he explained, "In my community, I tutor young children with the Sigma Beta Club, clean my school's campus periodically, and volunteer at the Food Bank." He is also a member of the National Achievers Society and Who's Who Among America's High School students.
Barham also talked about his leaderhsip approach, saying, "My parents have pushed me to become a leader since I was young. I feel like I'm one of those people that lead by example."
Barham carries a 3.7 grade point average in Hillside's International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. Prior to his commitment to Penn State he had offers from Duke, East Carolina and Colorado and growing interest from Louisville, Boston College and North Carolina.
Talking about his commitment with FOS back in August, Barham said, "First of all, the reputation of the school. Great football, Joe Paterno, great academics."
In terms of football, Barham is said to "move really well and has great strength." He has also been described as "a smart and aggressive lineman who uses leverage very well."
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