MOBILE, Ala. — Lamin Barrow left John Ehret High as a 2009 LSU signee, becoming one of a group that was touted as being championship caliber.
While LSU didn’t win a national championship while Barrow was there, it almost did, falling in the 2012 BCS championship game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Barrow might not have accomplished that task, but he’s onto the next one on his checklist – earning a spot on an NFL roster.
This week, the westbank native is working with NFL coaches in Mobile, Ala., participating in the Senior Bowl as one of two former LSU players.
“It’s crazy,” Barrow said. “Just to see growing up, watching LSU and watching Saints football, to get the opportunity to go through the ranks that I went through and have a chance at the NFL is great.”
It shouldn’t really come as a surprise.
Barrow led an active Tigers defense this past season, registering a team-best 91 total tackles. He had 5.5 tackles for a loss, 1½ sacks and two pass breakups and passes defensed each. He also recovered a fumble. LSU finished 15th in FBS, allowing just 340 yards per game and 21st in points allowed per game at 22.
That built on a 2012 in which he was second on the team with 104 tackles, 7.5 sacks and two fumble recoveries. That unit finished the year eighth in total defense (307.62 ypg) and 12th in points allowed per game (17.54).
But the 6-foot-1, 229-pounder, who is projected to be an inside linebacker, knows he has things he has to work on if he’s going to fulfill his dream of playing in the NFL.
“Coaches here, they’re trying to tell me to go hard,” Barrow said. “Make a few plays and just keep my motor up. Sometimes I may lack a little bit so I’ve just got to be consistent.”
Because of that, he said, there’s pressure to perform this week. He’s playing for the South team, coached by the Jacksonville Jaguars coaching staff. This week he’ll have interviews with several teams, meetings which will consist of background questions as well as football IQ ones.
He’s not worried, though, about the pressure. In fact, he welcomes it.
“Of course, that comes with the territory,” Barrow said. “You come in to some of the best talent in the country. I think for me, I’m the type of person that I need those butterflies. I need that type of edge in my stomach. I need something to work from.”
Now he just hopes to impress any team, though he has one particular one that he’d love to play for next season.
“I’d love it,” Barrow said when asked if he ended up a Saint. “I think my family would love it even more. Like I said, I grew up a Saints boy.”