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November 20, 2008Rivals.com three-star linebacker Lamin Barrow of John Ehret High School in Marrero has been patiently waiting for his hard work to pay off. On Tuesday it did as Barrow accepted a scholarship offer from LSU head football coach Les Miles.
"Yes, I am a Tiger," Barrow said. "I'm real excited."
For the last few weeks, LSU running backs coach Larry Porter had been telling Barrow that a scholarship offer was eminent.
What put Barrow over the top was an impressive performance against Clinton with LSU linebackers coach Bradley Dale Peveto in the stands.
"I had a great performance and then Coach Peveto came to my game against Independence and I had 18 tackles and a few sacks," Barrow said. "They said I was the complete package and they wanted me to be a part of the family."
Many college coaches have been intrigued by Barrow but he was hard to evaluate in John Ehret's defense because he was used as a speed rusher from the end on just about every play for the Patriots.
One of Barrow's most appealing attributes is the fact that he consistently runs 4.5's in the 40-yard dash which is a big plus for the Tigers with so many opponents utilizing versions of the spread offense.
"The LSU coaches were telling me when I went for the Troy game that they need linebackers than can cover," Barrow said.
"Yesterday we had an all-district meeting and Coach Miles called Coach North before we went and I talked to him," Barrow said.
That's when the offer was extended but it wasn't until 10:30 p.m. Wednesday night that Barrow sealed the deal with a phone call to the LSU coaches.
Wednesday nights good news was added too on Thursday morning as Barrow was named 2008 Defensive MVP of district 8-5A.
Barrow is a full academic qualifier and graduates in May.