Grovetown defensive end Barrow signs with Michigan State

Grovetown defensive end Barrow signs with Michigan State

Simeon Barrow, middle, sits with his parents as he signs his national letter of intent to play football at Michigan State on Wednesday. Barrow, a 3-star recruit, is a defensive end for Grovetown High. [WYNSTON WILCOX/THE AUGUSTA CHRONICLE]

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Wednesday was just a formality for Simeon Barrow. Since Michigan State offered Barrow, a 3-star defensive end, back in January, he was sold. It was only right that since the Spartans had been there through the whole process, he announce his commitment to them.

When he first announced his commitment to them in August, it was verbal. On Wednesday, it was a national letter of intent, making it official.

“It feels great,” Barrow said. “The coach has been by my side since day one. It was the first Power 5 school to offer me so it feels amazing.”

Barrow said since Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio made the trip from East Lansing to an in-home visit with his mother in New York, it felt right. Nothing means more to Barrow than his family and Dantonio making the trip sold Barrow.

“It was a done deal after that,” Barrow added. “I was kind of thinking about West Virginia at the time, but after that, it was a done deal.”

Signing with Michigan State is even bigger for Barrow as he becomes the first football player to sign to a Power 5 conference school in Grovetown’s young history.

The list of offers Barrow received included other Power 5 conference teams in Tennessee, Virginia Tech and West Virginia, as well as several other mid-major Division-I programs.

It made it that much better Barrow’s mom made the trip to Augusta from New York to see her son make it official.

Barrow’s been humble about the offer through the process.

The auditorium at Grovetown High School was nearly half full as friends and family wanted to see what all the hard work Barrow put in his high school career would come to.

Now, he’ll head to Michigan as one of the best football players to come through Grovetown.

“You can tell from his teammates, all of his teammates were here, his mom driving down from New York … everybody loves him, he’s a quality guy,” Grovetown coach Damien Postell said.

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