It wasn't long ago that the Barrow family saw coach Chris Ash's Rutgers for the very first time. But in that short time, Staten Island (N.Y.) Tottenville receiver Tim Barrow built relationships, explored academic opportunities and felt ready for a verbal commitment.
The commitment came Thursday afternoon when New York's top-rated wide receiver committed to Rutgers.
“One of the main factors that made me pick Rutgers, is being close and getting that education,” Barrow said. “I've talked a lot with [defensive backs coach Bill] Busch about how Rutgers is going to help me out a lot more than just the next four years.”
Barrow may be New York's top receiver, but he continues his career at Rutgers with larger goals. Barrow joins the 2017 recruiting class as an athlete with goals as both a receiver and cornerback.
“It's good to know that I'll be able to have the chance to play on both sides,” Barrow said. “That means I have a better chance to make plays. I know as time goes on, if things go great, I do know that I'm going to compete for a spot and I have no problem with doing that.”
Rutgers was a long-time leader for Barrow, and comments from his father after a spring game visit helped move up a decision time-table.
“Everybody is really happy that I'm committed to Rutgers,” Barrow said. “A lot of people told me that maybe I should wait to see more recruitment, but it was time for me to settle things down and make my choice. I want to focus on my upcoming season. A lot of people are counting on me, so I made my decision early.”
Barrow brings a dynamic on-field skill-set and position versatility.
“You can expect competitiveness,” he said. “You can expect for me to be a person that gives 100 percent on every play. I'm going to try my best to get on the field for both sides. I'm always going to bring effort. I want playing time, and I want to earn it. I'm never going to let anyone down.”
Ash and Barrow speak often. The Tottenville product plans to make the short drive to Rutgers often as a member of the 2017 recruiting class.
“The thing I like about coach Ash is that he is one of those coaches that won't give up on you,” Barrow said. “We have conversations all the time about how he loves me as a player. He wants me to come down there as much as I can. That's a great thing when the coach wants to see you. He makes me feel at home, and it's like family there. He tells me that all of the time.”