The 6-foot-3, 245-pound Barrows was on campus, but did not get an offer.
"They said they were not ready to offer," Barrows said. "The reason they gave is they're waiting on other kids. I can wait, but I was expecting something different."
Barrows holds offers from Central Michigan and Akron>, and is also being recruited by Connecticut and Temple.
After prepping at Rumson-Fairhaven High (Rumson, N.J.), Barrows elected for a post-graduate season at Cheshire Academy. He made 45 catches for 642 yards and 10 touchdowns, and also had 37 tackles and 11 sacks while playing defensive end.
"He's a very good athlete, a big tight end/H-back," Cheshire coach Dan O'Dea said. "He did a great job from the time he got here. He worked in the weight room and put on 20 pounds of muscle and kept his speed. He runs in the 4.6s."
Barrows was hosted by Rutgers walk-on fullback Michael Burton, and got his first full Rutgers experience.
"We toured everywhere," Barrows said. "They fed us a lot of food. We saw everything academically, and went out with our hosts."
The pressing issue for Barrows now is time. He wants to enroll at a school in January, but the uncertainty surrounding a Rutgers offer means he will look at other schools.
According to O'Dea, Temple and Akron are schools he may officially visit.
"We'll see where it goes," Barrows said. "Either way, it's going to work out fine. I kinda need to know what's going to happen, though."
Also, Barrows is familiar with Rutgers, a program he grew up watching.
"I went to their games," he said. "My first game was when Boston College was still in the Big East. I'm a Jersey kid."