Updated Sat, Jun 15, 2013 1:27 am
Ohio Football’s 2014 recruiting class took a big hit Friday night with the announcement that Kirk Barron retracted his verbal committment. Barron switched from Ohio University to Purdue according to PurdueRivals.com.
Barron made the announcement shortly after attending a camp at Purdue. The shift to Purdue puts him closer to home which was one of the reasons he listed when explaining the change. “I started getting an open mind,” said Barron in an interview with Eric Gardner of 247sports.com. “And then I thought, ‘Why not? It’s such a great school and it’s close to home.’”
Barron was verbally committed to Ohio University for a little over two months, after expressing his intent to join the Bobcats on May 9th. Barron’s de-commitment bruises the Bobcats quite a bit as he was their top recruit thus far. He was also viewed as a potential future replacement for Skylar Allen, who graduated this past spring. Without his commitment the Bobcats’ 2014 class is down to four players: quarterback Joey Duckworth; tight end Connor Brown; tight end Kyle Kuhar; defensive end Kent Berger; and offensive lineman Stephen Langenkamp.