Desmond Barmore, out of Hardaway High School in Columbus, GA, is a big-bodied offensive lineman with NFL size. Multiple schools have extended offers his way and more are expected to after his senior season. Meanwhile, he has made a list of his top schools.
“Right now my top four schools are San Diego State, Georgia State, Louisiana Lafayette and ECU,” the 6-foot-7, 290-pound Barmore said. “I like ECU and San Diego State as schools, the coaches are great and the fans have interacted with me on Twitter. They recently got in an argument about me on there.”
Barmore is an avid Twitter user. In fact, he announced on the social media site that he was going to commit to a school on Monday – despite having only visited one of the schools that offered him (Georgia State).
After a night to sleep on the notion, he took to Twitter again.
“Me and my mom decided to wait until I take more visits to choose a school!” Barmore tweeted. “But my top four remains the same! I don’t want to rush and make the wrong decision! I take committing very serious and I want to pick the absolute best school!”
Social media is a huge part of some people’s daily routine, including Barmore’s. He even mentioned Facebook playing a role in how he received his offer from ECU.
“I was in math class and got a message on Facebook from (offensive line) coach (Brandon) Jones,” Barmore said. “He told me to give him a call when I got home. When I did, we talked about offensive linemen and what he looked for in his; that’s when he offered me. He told me ECU is a good program and they won the conference last season with another team. He also wanted me to come for a visit this summer.”
Barmore still has yet to visit ECU, but he plans to take an official visit sometime toward the middle of August – mentioning he wants to go to a game to get the game-day experience.
The Pirates have been on Barmore’s radar for quite some time.
“Before I received the offer, I had watched ECU on television a couple times,” Barmore said. “Coach Jones asked me who I knew that played there and I could only tell him Giovanni Ruffin and Chris Johnson. I remember watching a motivational video my coach showed me with Ruffin in it.”
Barmore has offers from San Diego State, Georgia State, Jacksonville State, Louisiana Lafayette and ECU, while also hearing from Southern Miss and Appalachian State.
“I’m really hearing from a lot of schools,” Barmore said. “I narrowed it down based on academics, the program, the coaches, the fans and the area. I talk to San Diego State assistant coach (Tony) White a lot and I went on an unofficial to Georgia State. Last year was mediocre for me to my standards. I think my size got me offers. I’ll have a better senior season; we have a nice running back and great coaches.”
It was a busy summer filled with back-to-back camps for Barmore.
“I started off the Nike Football Training Camp,” he said. “Then I went to a camp at Auburn and talked to (offensive line) coach (J.B.) Grimes. Coach (Kirby) Smart from Alabama came to my school so I went to an offensive linemen camp there, right after that we drove from Tuscaloosa to Louisville for a camp the next day.”
Barmore is being recruited to go out west and play football, something he never thought was possible.
“Distance is going to play a big role in my interests,” Barmore said. “San Diego State is a great school, but it being so far away is tough. I really considered it, but I never thought I’d get recruited across country... As far as staying east, I have family in North Carolina. That’s where my family is originally from, but they left before I was born, my Grandpa was in the military. I also have family in Louisiana too, so I’ll have family to come to games wherever I go.”
Strength and run-blocking are the two things Barmore is focused on improving before his senior season.
“I didn’t have any offers after junior year so I talked to my head coach,” he said. “He told me a lot of schools want to see me run-block, those who offered have been schools that pass a lot and want me for pass-blocking…All the schools interested like my size, they tell me you can’t coach size or athletic ability.”
If Barmore had committed to ECU Monday, he could have been a great pick up on the offensive front for the Pirates. His size at 6-foot-7, 290-pounds gives him a nice foundation to build himself into a next-level lineman. There’s no need to close the book on him, though.