LB Jaishawn Barham (6-3 230) of Baltimore remains a top target for USC in the 2022 class. Defensive ends coach Mike Peterson has been heading up the Gamecocks’ effort and he has them very much in the picture as Barham looks at signing next month.
“There as in it as anybody else is,” St Frances coach Messay Hailemariam said. “He has a good five strong teams I believe that’s on his radar…Penn State, Maryland, Oklahoma, South Carolina and I don’t know how serious it is, but I believe Kentucky is in it. He just game back from Oklahoma. He was there this past weekend.”
Barham visited USC and Penn State in June. He made official visits to those two in September, and he made an official visit to Maryland in late October. This Sunday recruiters can hit the road for in-person visits and Peterson is expected to get up to see Barham soon.
“His position coach Peterson has been doing a great job,” Hailemariam said. “He has a great kind of energy with him. Jaishawn is a hard young man to open up. I think Jaishawn relates to him very well. He’s excited about it. Coach (Shane) Beamer I think is doing a great job. I haven’t had a chance to talk to anyone there except for Peterson. They are the only ones that I haven’t talked to the head coach. Everybody else I’ve dealt with the head coaches myself.”
As for what’s next for Barham, such as how and when he’ll make his final decision, his coach is in the dark about that.
“If Jaishawn would let me know that I would be a millionaire tomorrow” Hailemariam said. “His mother asked me where’s he going. That’s how he is. He has a poker face. Whatever you think he’s going to do, I don’t know if he’s going to do it. That’s how he is.”
St. Frances is coming off one of the biggest wins of the season in high school football, a win at IMG Academy, snapping the Ascenders’ 19 game home winning streak. Hailemariam is hoping his team will be invited to the Geico High School Bowl Series the end of December.