Barron impresses at Purdue camp

Three-star offensive lineman Kirk Barron impressed at Purdue's offensive line camp, proving to be one of the best on the field. Could an offer be in line for the Ohio commit? Boiler Sports Report offers the details.

Kirk Barron came to Purdue's lineman camp on Saturday to compete with a friend. He left making a very strong impression on the coaching staff.

The 6-foot-3, 300-pound Ohio commit was one of the top performers at the Boilermakers' first summer camp, and that brought him plenty of attention during the humid afternoon in West Lafayette. Barron was eyed closely by the coaches, then received recruiting pitches from Darrell Hazell and his staff.

"It's my first time really working out in front of the new staff," Barron said. "I like the coaches a lot. It went well."

Barron gave his verbal commitment to Ohio this spring, but has received strong interest from several schools since. Purdue, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan State, Minnesota, Pittsburgh and Wisconsin are among the schools originally interested. His only offers have come from Ohio, Ball State and Massachusetts.

With outside interest still coming in, and now the possibility of more on the way, Barron isn't going to turn away from another option.

"I'm just taking my time to talk with them, see what they have to say," said Barron. "If they give me as good of a deal as Ohio did—starting four years and playing the center spot—I'll have to think about it."

After impressing at Purdue's camp on Saturday, Barron may be in line for an offer.

"I'm 100 percent Bobcat right now," said Barron of his current status. "But whatever is really the best opportunity for my family."

For Barron, a Mishawaka, Indiana native, the in-state school has great appeal, especially for a lineman.

"They put linemen in the NFL, that's about it," he said. "And they're pretty close to home, so my entire family could go to the games."

Barron, a three-star prospect is rated the nation's 17th-best center. His stock may continue to rise this summer. However, Barron plans to keep his camp schedule quiet for the summer, with no other on-campus camps to attend.

The experience at camp gave Barron the chance to impress Purdue. As it turned out, Purdue did its best to impress Barron, too.

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports Next since 2009. Emma covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Northwestern Wildcats, and currently covers the Purdue Boilermakers. A Chicago native, he resides in West Lafayette.
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