Hardaway's Barmore inks with East Carolina; 4 others sign football scholarships

dmitchell@ledger-enquirer.comFebruary 5, 2014 

Desmond Barmore is all about family, and he’s excited about the big one he just joined.

The former Hardaway offensive lineman signed his national letter of intent to play for East Carolina at a signing ceremony on Wednesday, noting that the family atmosphere was what won him over.

“I’m joining a real big family,” he said. “One hundred-five brothers and 17 dads. So, it’s a great experience to go to the next level and play.”

Barmore chose East Carolina over offers from Georgia State, Jacksonville State, Louisiana-Lafayette and San Diego State. The 6-foot-7, 295-pound lineman said he doesn’t have any expectations for the immediate future at East Carolina. He just wants to go to work.

“They just want me to come in and work hard and do the best I can do,” he said, adding the coaches liked his attitude. “Attitude is a big thing. They told me they rejected a lot of recruits because of attitude, who didn’t come in with the right mindset.”

Hardaway coach Jeff Battles said he thought East Carolina was a great situation for Barmore because of the system it ran and the opportunity for Barmore to gain some muscle mass without the pressure of having to perform right away.

“He’s going to a system that fits him well,” he said. “He’s very good at his pass blocking. … As he gets into college and gets a little stronger, he’s going to grow physically. By the time he’s a sophomore or junior, he’ll be able to do some things.”

Battles added that Barmore’s patience paid off. After not getting much attention early in his high school career, Barmore experienced a huge growth spurt and began to get a number of offers.

Battles had four other players sign scholarships on Wednesday, as well.

Torrie Beard signed with Limeston College, Jalen Burgess with Nassau Community College, Treavon Davis with Maryville College and Walter Palmore with Coffeeville Community College.

Battles said it’s a great finish to a year that failed to live up to their high expectations.

“We’re very excited,” he said. “We had a rough, struggling year. … It was good to close out this year with a success signing five guys, and we have some others still drawing interest, too.”

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