RECRUITING ON THE SOUTH PLAINS
Ht: 5'10" | Wt: 160 lbs | Forty: N/A
High School: Skyline (Dallas, TX)
Video: Clip 1 | Clip 2
Rivals 5.6 | Scout N/R
ESPN N/R | 24/7 Sports 84
Cumulative Ranking: INC
Despite not having any other offers, Barrow is thought to be one of the better cornerbacks in the state. I think this is one of those situations where Barrow was maybe just outside of the range of Texas and Texas A&M and Texas Tech pounced, evidenced by the fact that Robert Prunty recruited Barrow.
And there is interest from a lot of big names, but no other verifiable offers, including Alabama, Auburn, California, LSU, Oklahoma, Oregon, TCU and TAMU. And when I write that Barrow may be just out of reach of what UT and TAMU are looking for, he's still thought to be a top 100 player, the #36 player if you take any stock in the LSR Top 100 (I do to an extent). This is a really good pick-up and it wouldn't surprise me to see Barrow receive a 4th star by the end of the process.
Barrow had no offensive stats other than 1 rush for 4 yards. This sort of thing usually depends on the high school coach and if the high school coach doesn't turn in those stats, then you won't find them.
The Player Speaks
LAJ's Don Williams spoke with Barrow:
""I chose Tech because of the coaching staff and the team," Barrow said. "The coaching staff is real encouraging. Coach (Robert) Prunty is a real, real good guy, a very encouraging man. Coach Tuberville is a great man as well. I felt good as soon as I stepped on the campus. I came home and talked to my parents about it, and they agreed as well, so that’s why I made my decision."
Barrow also talks a bit about his game:
"Probably my ability to cover, play press and off man, my knowledge of the game, being able to read the quarterback and break on the ball," he said.
Scouting report and film are after the jump.
Barrow is a fluid athlete and he looks really good in coverage. Being a smaller guy, he doesn't appear to be real small and so he doesn't look over-matched physically. And he can be physical, as the reports mention below and doesn't appear to shy away from contact. The scouting reports below are so much better than anything that I'll write, so let's go.
Lone Star Recruiting's Top 100 has two very good reports on Barrow:
The big knock on Barrows is his size, but he does such a great job of getting position on receivers. He is not afraid of contact and can play off or get in the face of even the biggest receiver. He is a lot like Bryson Echols in that way. He also has long arms for his size and great hips. He has been a starter the last two years on one of the best teams in Texas. (Howell)
Despite not being a very large defensive back, Barrows plays with a mean streak and tries to inflict pain each time he hits someone, which is something you rarely see from a corner at the high school level. In addition to that, Barrows has sensational top end speed to go along with strong cover skills. Right now, he can stay stride-for-stride with any receiver on the field, and he can also make an impact in shutting down the running game defensively. He does need to work on fine tuning his technique, but in terms of the complete package as a cornerback prospect, Barrows might be the guy closest to having it in the Lone Star State. It doesn’t take long for him to stand out on the football field. (McComas)
MaxPreps' Tom Lemming (I thought he only profiled Notre Dame players . . . I kid) has this on Barrow:
He got his feet wet as a sophomore showing good cover skills, was excellent in zone coverage, can make plays in space, was able to read the quarterback's eyes and get a jump on the ball, and can make plays from sideline to sideline.
I'd also like to add that the LSR believes that Barrow is the #3 cornerback in the state.
Will, welcome to Texas Tech and Git Your Guns Up!