Name: Justin Barron
Position: Wide Receiver
Weight: 208 lbs
Hometown: Rocky Hill, Conn.
High School: Suffield Academy
2019 stats: One of the top rated players to come out of Connecticut after grabbing 29 receptions for 525 yards and five touchdowns during his senior year of high school. All three major recruiting sites ranked him within the top 15 of players from Connecticut.
2020 projections: With the lack of depth at wide receiver this season, who knows? In all likelihood, a redshirt year is probably incoming, but Barron could be a guy that is a candidate to play four games while maintaining his redshirt. His 6-foot-4 height definitely helps - he’s the second tallest wide receiver alongside JUCO transfer Isaiah Jones. Only Damien Alford stands taller at 6-foot-5.
How’d he get here?: Being a Connecticut native means he received the customary UConn offer, but they don’t care about football anymore. The notable schools to offer Barron included Boston College, Pitt, Rutgers, and Virginia.
What’d recruiting sites say?: Three stars from everyone.
Money quote: Here’s something that can be overlooked during the recruiting process - keeping momma happy.
“I saw my mom be happy and interact very well with everyone on the staff.” Barron said. “It was important for me to see her be treated well and for her to be happy.”
Twitter feed: @justinbarron22
Tweets of wonder: Barron did his best to get his fellow high school teammate Kechaun Bennett to Syracuse. However, the 2021 four-star defensive end committed to Michigan instead.
What movie would Dino recommend for him?: I think some of us forgot that Justin Timberlake has appeared in quite a few movies, and not as a voice actor or a soundtrack artist. One of his more prominent roles was on “The Social Network” where he portrayed Napster co-founder Sean Parker.
Interesting nugget o’interest: Barron is listed as a wide receiver, but he may get a run on both sides of the ball. He played safety in high school as well and recorded 36 tackles with two interceptions in his senior season. Barron told Syracuse.com that the staff was arguing over what side of the ball he would play on.
Let’s get a look at ya: A global pandemic isn’t slowing Barron down from getting some work in.