September 29, 2008

Four-star LB knew Ole Miss was close

Ole Miss has long been the team to beat for Marrero (John Ehret HS), La. linebacker Lamin Barrow and the Rebels' 31-30 upset of No. 4 Florida only added to Barrow's strong feelings for Ole Miss.

"I caught every bit of the game, it has been my favorite game of the season to watch," Barrow said. "Ole Miss was really impressive, there's not too many teams that can go in and handle Florida the way Ole Miss did. I've had people tell me that Ole Miss is no good, but I've been watching them for years - they've had so many close losses - and I know they are going to be a great program. It was really a great win for Ole Miss."

Barrow, a four-star rated member of the Rivals250 (top 250 prospects nationally) and the No. 9 rated outside linebacker in the nation, is hearing from Ole Miss regularly and remains one of the top targets for the Ole Miss staff.

"I hear from Coach (Kim) Dameron regularly," Barron said on Sunday. "He called the before the week before the game and said the 'Rebels were going to shock the world' and they did. I sent him a text message after the game and congratulated him."

Barrow, a 6-foot-2, 210 pound prospect, recently picked up an offer from Kansas State to give the Rebels some competition.

He also has offers from SMU, Southern Miss, Louisiana Tech and Louisiana-Monroe. He's hearing from Michigan and LSU and is being courted pretty heavily by the Tigers despite them not extending an offer.

LSU reportedly has talked to Barrow's high school coach about the possibility of delaying his enrollment until 2010, something Barrow doesn't want to do. LSU likely would ordinarily take Barrow but the Tigers will be limited in prospects they can sign in 2009 due to low attrition that has resulted in limited spaces with the 85-overall scholarship limitation under NCAA rules.

On Sunday, Barrow sounded like a prospect who is ready to move on and not let the LSU situation dictate his final decision.

"I plan on going up for their last game (Egg Bowl on Nov. 28) on an unofficial visit," Barrow said. "I then want to go back on the first or second weekend of December for my official visit. Hopefully, they'll be preparing for a bowl game then."

Barrow calls his top three Ole Miss, Kansas State, and Louisiana Tech and plans official visits to all three locations before making a final decision.

Barrow attended senior camp at Ole Miss in late July and while he worked out with other high school seniors, his mother toured the Oxford area and both gave favorable reviews of the campus and community.

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