Even though the former four-star defensive tackle recruit Malik Barrow didn’t get much of any playing time during his two-year career with the Ohio State Buckeyes, he should be a pretty sought after prospect on the transfer market. Barrow holds a good frame and a very athletic skill set that made him a highly targeted recruit out of high school.
Barrow is a similar situation to Phillips in the sense that it is weird to some fans that he put his name in the transfer portal in the first place. Both Barrow and Phillips seemingly retired from football at around the same time this past regular season. But, both are now open transfer candidates that could suit up for different Power Five programs next season.
Not working into the rotation in about a year or two for the Ohio State defensive line isn’t much to worry about, especially considering Barrow’s circumstances. Ohio State and the Clemson Tigers held the nation’s best defensive lines for the past two seasons, and Barrow likely would’ve worked into the rotation soon if he decided to stick around longer in Columbus, OH.
No one really questions the talent level that Barrow brings to the table. The main question lies with his ACL, as he teared it for the second time in his career last year. If the former Ohio State defensive lineman that also held offers from the Alabama Crimson Tide and Penn State Nittany Lions can keep healthy moving forward, this is a good target for the Horns.