When he returned home from his Ohio State visit this past weekend, Dublin (Ohio) Coffman defensive end Alex Barrow told Bucknuts.com he still planned to visit Michigan State and Northwestern.
But after thinking about it for a few more hours Sunday, Barrow settled on his college choice. He telephoned OSU defensive line coach Jim Heacock to give him the good news that he was picking Ohio State.
"I just realized that was the place I wanted to go," Barrow said. "And I wanted to do it as soon as possible. I called Coach Heacock, and he told the rest of the staff. I think he was glad to hear it.
"I just felt comfortable there. That's where I want to be."
Barrow said he is looking forward to playing for Heacock.
"I got a chance to meet him at practices and during the summer camp," he said.
Barrow had visited Maryland and Pittsburgh previously. He said it has been hard calling the other schools on his list.
"I've been calling them," he said. "It has been kind of tough. I liked all of my choices and was grateful to have those offers."
The 6-4 Barrow said he has slimmed down from 245 pounds to 230. His best 40-yard time is listed at 4.75 seconds.
Barrow missed five games as a junior due to a shoulder injury. He then attended OSU's summer camp in June. He solidified himself as one of the state's top prospects with a stellar senior campaign. He had 58 tackles (25 solos), 13 sacks, one caused fumble and five batted passes.
He earned second-team All-Ohio honors in Division I, where his 10-3 Coffman team reached the regional finals. Duane Long ranked Barrow as the state's No. 23 senior in the December edition of Ohio High.
Not counting quarterback Joe Bauserman and kicker Aaron Pettrey, Barrow became OSU's 19th verbal commitment. By our unofficial count, the class could number as many as 26 players. One or more players -- particularly early enrollees Marcus Freeman and A.J. Trapasso -- can be counted on last year's class to OSU can exceed the 25-man limit with this class.
Despite our best efforts, we still have not been able to confirm the verbal by Detroit Cass Tech defensive end Vernon Gholston. However, we are counting Gholston in this class as a verbal.
The class could swell to 20 later today if Missouri defensive back Nick Patterson commits to OSU over UCLA and Missouri as expected. Then, Toledo Rogers wide receiver Fred Davis is due to announce his college choice between OSU, Miami (Fla.) and USC on Thursday.
Stay tuned to Bucknuts.com for news on all of these developments.