“I really enjoyed it. We got to walk around the field, watch drills and get a feel for their style and how their practices go,” Barlow said.
The staff also took them around SMU, the facilities, field and weight room. The construction going on for the program impressed Barlow.
“They're building their new coaches offices so they didn't have those set up, but they did have pictures up of what they're planning on looking like,” the 6-2, 195-pound quarterback said. “We talked a little bit with our coaches and that was it.”
Barlow spoke with SMU offensive coordinator Joe Craddock briefly and came away with a camp invite.
“There was a ton of people so I only spoke with him for a little bit. We just talked about how I really liked SMU,” Barlow said. “He hadn't seen me throw a lot with me being out of state so he wanted me to come back to camp and throw for him.”
Chad Morris' up-tempo offense is still getting installed so Barlow admits it wasn't going lightning fast, but was impressed.
“It was great. It definitely seemed like my style. They played up-tempo, but not an Oregon style,” Barlow said. “They played smart and moved the ball very efficiently. What they do, they do it very well. I can tell it was early in their process right now though.”
This summer, Barlow expects to be back for an SMU camp to get on the field to throw for the staff.
Strength coach Trumain Carroll made the biggest impression on Barlow though.
“I played this season at 170, but I've been working hard and putting on weight,” Barlow said. “The biggest thing I liked was the technology they have. They have some of the top of the line equipment that will tell you all kinds of you body composition. If they say you need to put on 10 pounds, they can tell you exactly what you need to do everyday to meet your goals and get the best they can out of you.”
Van Buren finished 4-6 this year, but Barlow passed for more than 2,500 yards and including a 410-yard performance (both school records), 22 TDs and 10 INTs.
Barlow is visiting Marshall today and North Texas this weekend. The junior has been invited to Louisville, California, Louisiana Monroe and some Ivy schools to visit. Barlow is still waiting on his first offer.