August 5, 2008

Rivals250 LB has Rebels on top

After camping at LSU and Ole Miss late last month, 4-star linebacker and Rivals250 prospect Lamin Barrow has had some time to reflect on where he stands when it comes to his college recruitment.

"I'd have to say that Ole Miss is my number one," Barrow said on Monday.

Barrow, a 6-foot-2, 209-pound, four-star linebacker from Marrero (John Ehret), La., has offers from Southern Miss, Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Monroe, SMU and South Alabama, but it has been LSU that most feel could knock the Rebels off their perch when it comes to landing Barrow on signing day.

However, Barrow appears caught in a numbers game with LSU.

"LSU had been talking to my high school coach about a gray shirt," Barrow said. "I really don't know if that's a good enough situation for me (to go to LSU)."

A gray shirt, while not recognized under NCAA rules, is a method for coaches to have prospects delay enrollment for a semester when there are insufficient scholarships available. Prospects can enroll at their own expense and take classes part time without it counting against any eligibility.

In Barrow's situation, that means he couldn't practice until January 2010 and won't play until the fall of that year.

Barrow hinted that he'll probably prefer not to sit out a year and had rather play next fall unless he feels he needs another year to develop before beginning his college career.

Barrow's participation in LSU's camp was uneventful other than him getting to talk in person with LSU coaches as he said he's been on the Baton Rouge campus numerous times and is familiar with the program and facilities.

"He (Les Miles) was really honest and told me that they had already offered several other linebackers that they are still waiting to hear from and they don't want to overstock in one particular position. It is just a waiting game for me right now," Barrow told in a recent interview.

That could sit well for Ole Miss, as it appears Barrow was close to committing while at the Ole Miss' camp in late July and could pull the trigger after his next visit.

"The only reason I didn't commit while I was up for camp was because I really didn't get to see the whole campus," Barrow said.

Barrow's mother accompanied him to the Rebels' camp and took time to tour the town while Barrow was going through drills he said she liked what she saw.

"I'm not really waiting on an LSU offer," Barrow said. "I'm going to take an official visit (to Ole Miss) to see the entire campus. I haven't set it up yet, but I want to take it as early as possible."

"I talked with coach (Tryone) Nix, and coach (Kim) Dameron, who is recruiting me, at the camp and I got to meet coach (Houston) Nutt at the camp," Barrow said. "They're all real cool and everyone is energetic, especially coach Nutt. I had a good time talking to them."

"I liked the camp, it was really good," he continued. "What I saw of the football facilities were really nice."

Barrow has been getting some urging to look at Ole Miss from 2008 Rebel signee Kermit Tyler, whose grandmother lives next door to Barrow.

Barrow said he learned recently that Tyler's career prematurely ended at Ole Miss.

Doctors discovered that Tyler has a rare allergic reaction that occurs during strenuous exercise and/or when he becomes overheated. Tyler underwent a battery of tests in Oxford and Jackson before the decision was made that he could not play football anymore.

"That's too bad about Kermit," Barrow said. "I'll see him the next time he's in New Orleans."

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