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Christian Barmore breaks down his reason for signing with Tide
Christian Barmore was once committed to Temple. He’ll now play college football for Alabama.
Barmore, a 4-star defensive tackle from Neumann Goretti High School (Philadelphia), signed with the Crimson Tide last week during the early signing period. The rise from Temple to Alabama is attributed to his mentor, Coach Troy Gore, he said.
The nation’s No. 17 defensive tackle said Gore took him to camps around the Northeast. He ended up getting his first scholarship offer at the Lauren First and Goal Camp in Pennsylvania in June from the Buffalo.
Gore would record Barmore’s 1-on-1 reps at the camps he’d attend and pass it along to college coaches. Gore got in touch with Alabama defensive line coach Karl Dunbar in October when Barmore was just a 2-star recruit.
“And the rest is history,” Barmore said. “I’m a late bloomer because I broke my hand last year and didn’t play high school ball. So, in a sense, this was my first year playing.”
Shortly after the Alabama staff saw Barmore’s film, the 6-foot-5, 290-pound prospect became one of the Tide’s top overall targets in the 2018 class. He has what you would call the “Alabama mindset.”
In Barmore’s Twitter bio, the 4-star prospect has the phrase, “I will not be outworked.” He applies that phrase to every aspect of his life.
“I’m a competitor,” Barmore said. “It drives me. I feel as though whomever is my opponent, they will not outwork me in the classroom, in life or on the field.”
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Barmore’s hard work saw his offer list rise from Temple, Buffalo and Morgan State to Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Mississippi State and South Carolina among other schools.
The Philly native ended up just taking two official visits throughout his recruitment, one to Alabama and one to Baylor. When he visited Tuscaloosa earlier this month, he knew that he was going to end up playing for the Tide.
He cited the “home” feeling he got in Tuscaloosa, the academic support players receive and how the program prepares you not just for football but in the real world, too. Barmore visited Alabama with his mother, and they were both sold.
“It was a mutual understanding,” Barmore said. “When Coach [Nick] Saban came to Philly and walked down my block and sat on my couch to talk to my mom and my coach while I was in school, he won her over. I think she committed before I did.
“Once we visited Alabama together, we were sold.”
Barmore wasn’t planning on signing early. He was still planning on taking additional visits in January, but he said he didn’t want to prolong his recruitment when he knew Alabama was where he wanted to attend.
And, he never thought he would ever have the chance to play for a school like Alabama.
“It’s a dream come true,” Barmore said. “Not just going to Alabama but reaching to play at this level. I worked extremely hard to get where I’m at and I know I have a lot more to work on.
“My first goal is to learn the process. Learn the culture. Make sure I understand the expectations in and out of the classroom first. I need to work on everything. I’m a high school student getting ready to attend the most prestigious school in the country. So, I have to learn a lot and keep learning until I throw the hat in the air and graduate. That’s always been my mindset, be a sponge.”
Barmore won’t enroll at Alabama until the summer.
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