Hokies Among Many Schools Vying For Simeon Barrow Jr.

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Simeon Barrow Jr.
Defensive Tackle, Class of 2020
Groveton High School, Groveton, GA
6-2, 252

With 25 offers, Grovetown (Ga.) three-star defender Simeon Barrow Jr. could easily be dismissive of a large portion of the schools who gave him those scholarship offers. Barrow, however, insists he’s remained inclusive of everyone.

However, the time will come soon when Barrow cuts down his focus. But for now he’s listening to each of those schools, as more continue to enter the picture. Virginia Tech and Tennessee offered yesterday.

“It’s just, I’m the type of guy, I’m just counting my blessings,” Barrow said. “I’m not forgetting about any offers. Any other guy is like, ‘I just got an offer,’ it’s nothing to you. I don’t care if you’re a little school, I’m hugging you and I’m appreciative.”

Though the Hokies just offered Barrow, Rivals.com’s No. 88 player in Georgia for 2020, he’d already been well-acquainted. Barrow unofficially saw Virginia Tech just over two weeks ago.

“It was a nice visit and the campus was awesome,” he said. “It looked real beautiful, I ain’t going to lie. It was just so much love, so friendly, just so awesome. They said they love my film, they love everything about me, as a person. It was just warm-hearted for me.”

Assistant coach Charley Wiles has been Barrow’s primary recruiter. So far, Barrow said he likes the vibes he’s gotten.

“He’s a pretty good coach, he knows what he’s talking about, knows the game,” Barrow said. “I can’t say that much because I only met him a few times, but I think he knows what he’s doing. I talked to the head coach (Justin Fuente) and Coach (Zach) Sparber (graduate assistant, assistant DL coach) a little. He was real cool…real, real cool. He’s a down to earth type of person. He smiles and he’s just real cool.”

Barrow said he’ll be back in Blacksburg June 8 for one of the Hokies’ camps. Now that he has an offer, he sees them a little differently.

“That’s my father’s favorite team, and we’ve gotten to know the place,” Barrow said. “It just attracts me a little bit more. The environment is so clean to me. It’s one of the top ACC schools. I got an opportunity to start there, so it’s a lot of good things from them.”