James Franklin: "Confident" That Damion Barber Will Be Eligible To Join Team

By Dan Vecellio on August 5, 2017 at 3:08 pm
Damion Barber
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After unfinished coursework prevented him from making his way to Happy Valley with the rest of his teammates, Damion Barber appears to have qualified as Head Coach James Franklin announced that he's "confident" that Barber, a four-star defensive end from Harrisburg, will meet any outstanding academic concerns and join the team this fall.

Barber was expected to arrive in State College at the end of July, but it has taken another couple weeks to get his academic situation sorted out. This tweet from Friday night would appear to show progress on him suiting up in blue and white.

The Harrisburg High standout committed to the Nittany Lions nearly a full year before National Signing Day in February 2016. Barber is already physically imposing, standing 6-3 and weighing 244 pounds. Finally getting him onto campus and into the strength and conditioning program should help him continue to thrive.