Signed: Damion Barber Will Be a Straight-Up Bulldozer For The Nittany Lions

By Bill DiFilippo on February 1, 2017 at 9:54 am
Damion Barber
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Welcome to National Signing Day 2017 here at Roar Lions Roar. Make sure to check out all of our other Signing Day coverage today and in the coming days, and make sure to check out each profile of the newest Nittany Lions as they come in. (All photos you see below are courtesy of 247Sports)


Look at Damion Barber's 247Sports Crystal Ball. Every prediction everyone put in for him was for Penn State. His commitment was unsurprising. The fact that he was never even kind of interested in another school was, too. He's coming to Happy Valley looking to build off of a solid career at Harrisburg High, one that built the foundation for a guy who will one day develop into a standout defensive lineman.

Damion Barber
Position: Strong-Side Defensive End
Height/Weight: 6'3/244
High School: Harrisburg (Pa.)
247Composite Rank: ★★★★(0.8958)
Positional Rank: No. 298 Overall, No. 14 Strong-Side Defensive End, No. 9 in Pennsylvania
Commitment Date: February 27, 2016

Scouting Report

Barber is a bull, the kind of dude who is physically advanced as a 6-foot-3, 244 pound teenager. The best word to describe him may be "disruptive," as he makes offensive linemen and anyone who may be in the backfield uncomfortable.

Since he's a defensive end in high school, Barber needs to work on rounding out his game. Ninety-five percent of defensive linemen need to do this. Once he does, Barber has natural strength and aggressiveness that will make him a force along the Nittany Lion line.

Moving Forward

Penn State has plenty of talent at defensive end, so Barber won't need to play as a freshman. We'll say he gets a Red Light, but he's talented enough that he can maybe crack his way into the rotation. Still, the safest bet is that Barber won't see the field in 2017, and that's ok. He has a bright future on the horizon.

Highlights

2017 Defensive End Scholarship Chart
Seniors
Juniors
Sophomore
Freshmen
2018 Commits
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Torrence Brown*
Ryan Buchholz*
Daniel Joseph*
Micah Parsons
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Shareef Miller*
Shane Simmons*
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Shaka Toney*
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Damion Barber
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Yetur Matos
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* denotes redshirt season taken

Welcome to Penn State, Damion.
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