Originally published July 30, 2011 at 03:17p.m., updated July 31, 2011 at 12:00a.m.

KU football adds WR Neal Barlow

Wide receiver Neal Barlow will join the Kansas football team.

Wide receiver Neal Barlow will join the Kansas football team.


Six-foot-7 wide receiver Neal Barlow, who played football at Arkansas for two years in 2009 and 2010 and then transferred to Arkansas-Little Rock to play basketball last season, will join the Kansas University football team, according to a report from

“I’ve always had a good relationship with the people at Kansas,” Barlow told Rivals. “I knew there was a new staff and I was really encouraged when I found out coach (David) Beaty was back.”

Barlow originally gave an oral commitment to the Kansas football team in 2008 before changing his mind to go to Arkansas. After two years there, he gave up football because of a foot injury and pursued his dream of playing basketball at the Div. I level.

“We made it to the NCAA Tournament (with UALR) and it was a great experience,” Barlow said. “I grew up playing basketball and it was always a good sport for me. But I missed football and I wanted to get back in it. I got that hunger back.”

As part of the class of 2009, Barlow was ranked the fourth-best prospect in Arkansas with offers from KU, Missouri, Arkansas and LSU.

Barlow, who hails from Little Rock, Ark., and wore No. 83 as a Razorback, will join the Jayhawks as a walk-on, for now, and will have to sit out the 2011 season. He will have two guaranteed seasons of eligibility remaining and could earn a third by petitioning the NCAA for a medical red-shirt.

He chose KU — this time around — over Arkansas State, Auburn, Louisiana Tech and Mississippi.

Barlow was in town this weekend with his father and will return home to finish up summer school. He’ll be done Aug. 8 and will report to KU later in the month when classes begin.


100 9 years, 4 months ago




100 9 years, 4 months ago

The following was posted earlier, inspired by Funhawk, who is one of many KU fans inspired by Coach Gill, Coach Beaty & our players, just as our new 6'7" wide receiver is. For the record, it's always nice to beat out LSU for a recruit & a 6'7" receiver at that...


-Believe in each other and things not yet seen

-Empower people by encouragement

-Learn and press on towards the goal

-Influence others by being a positive role model

-Expect great effort all the time

-Visualize excellence

-Exemplify the heart of a f.e.r.o.c.i.o.u.s! & dignified champion, win or lose, whether a fan, a coach or a player. the foundation of what was born in Nebraska a hundred years ago. This is our model now & it's by far the best model available to mankind. It's our choice as to what type of "fanbase" we would like to be. Can we see the ketchup from the mustard?

-Recycle, Fertilize & Recruit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jeff Coffman 9 years, 3 months ago

Not to be too negative or technical, but we didn't get the recruit over LSU or Arkansas. After he got injured, he looked for a program, and he has ties to KU, so a logical choice.

If he can return to health, than it will be a big win.

100 9 years, 3 months ago

A little tongue & cheek... All I know is he had offers at both LSU & Arkansas in his lifetime as a 17 year old. He is now 20. LSU can have the 17 year old who chose KU over LSU originally. I'll take the 20 year old who chose KU again. And happens to be 6'7".

Rock Chalk

texashawk10 9 years, 3 months ago

He did have an offer from Auburn this time around so KU did beat out the defending national champs for a skill position player.

waywardJay 9 years, 4 months ago

SO He has two years starting next year ?

Jesse Newell 9 years, 4 months ago

A little confusing at this point. Sounds like he will be a junior next year, but still has the potential to have a third year granted by the NCAA.

Tad Shurtz 9 years, 4 months ago

According to Aaron Cedeno of, Barlow says he believes he'll have 3 years to play, as the compliance departments at Arkansas and UALR both told him "he'd almost assuredly get that sixth year medical redshirt."

Dirk Medema 9 years, 3 months ago

If he played FB at Arkansas in '09 and '10 (2 seasons), was he then a mid-year transfer to play BB at UALR in '10-11?

79ictjhawk 9 years, 3 months ago

83 Neal Barlow

Position: WR
Height: 6'6"
Weight: 200
Year: Sophomore
City/State: Little Rock, Ark.
High School: Pulaski Academy
Experience: High School

Neal Barlow

Courtesy: Athletic Media Relations Release: 07/31/2009
As a senior at Pulaski Academy, Barlow had 96 receptions for 1,512 yards (15.7 yards per reception) and 23 touchdowns. He totaled more than 100 yards receiving in seven games during 2008 and recorded four touchdowns in a single game twice. He had three games in which he recorded 10-or-more receptions, including a season-high 12 for 179 yards against Greenwood. During his junior season, he racked up 81 receptions for 1,164 yards (14.4 avg.) and 11 touchdowns. He helped guide Pulaski Academy to the 2008 Arkansas 5A state championship with a pair of touchdown catches in the 35-32 victory over West Helena Central. He earned all-state honors as a senior. He was named to the Arkansas AP Super Team and was also selected for the All-Arkansas team by the Arkansas Democrat Gazette. The Arkansas Democrat Gazette also named him to the all-metro team as a junior and senior. He is rated the No. 77 wide receiver in the nation by He was ranked as the fourth-highest prospect in Arkansas on the Natural 21 list. His high school coach was Kevin Kelley. He also played basketball. His father (Jeb) played basketball for Dean Smith at North Carolina and was a teammate and roommate with Michael Jordan and a part of the Tar Heels 1982 national championship team. Barlow was also recruited by Kansas, LSU, Missouri, Tulsa and Ohio State. He was born April 27, 1991.

ahpersecoachingexperience 9 years, 4 months ago

brady morningstar thinks this guy is going to be old when he is done playing!

Dan Harris 9 years, 4 months ago

apher___ I will give you credit where credit is due. You can be an absolute jacka## most of the time but you do come up with some funny sh%t !! LMAO!

Don Everett 9 years, 3 months ago

It doesn't matter what the subject is, aper (it) never has anything interesting, funny or constructive to say. It's time on this board and it's posts or replies are a waste of time and space.

nuleafjhawk 9 years, 3 months ago

aw come on jhdon - he's a liiiiiiitttttlle funny. don't let the heat evaporate your humor!

LAJayhawk 9 years, 3 months ago

Totally stole my joke. Guess I gotta go with this:

Well, if he gets injured again, at least he'll be covered by Medicare.

LAJayhawk 9 years, 3 months ago

If he's granted the 3rd year of eligibility, he could actually pull out Farley with all honesty:

"A lot of people go to college for 7 years..."

Honestly, though, seems like a solid pick up. Hope he gets the medical redshirt.

Randy Bombardier 9 years, 4 months ago

Good news. It is always good to have a receiver with height and who can jump too. His height and basketball experience will no doubt give him a great edge for the jump ball.

waywardJay 9 years, 3 months ago

the question i have after years eligible... is Pounds.....

6'7 240 could be a player.....

6'7 180 means his head knock him over when he's wearing a helmet.

LAJayhawk 9 years, 3 months ago

Good news with the latter is the bobble head wouldn't be hard to design.

Dirk Medema 9 years, 3 months ago

A post above seems to indicate that he was 6-6, 200 as a sr in HS, so it would seem that he's definitely beyond the bobble head category, even if not quite to the former.

Dyrk Dugan 9 years, 4 months ago

i would think it would be three years eventually....since he played bball for one. Anyway, i remember when this kid originally committed a couple of years ago....very good get by HCTG. Welcome back Mr. Barlow!

100 9 years, 4 months ago

Also thanks are in order to Mangino & Beaty who originally sparked his interest in becoming a Jayhawk over being an LSU Tiger.

Sam Brockert 9 years, 3 months ago

Except he went to they didn't spark his interest THAT much...

Funhawk 9 years, 4 months ago

Fun flashback, brought to you by a member of the Turner Gill Fan Club.
Tall receivers rule! December 25, 1992 – Aloha Bowl – KU vs. Brigham Young. KU loses coin toss and Brigham Young returns the kickoff for a touchdown the first play of the game! Two plays later, KU receiver Matt Gay catches a lateral pass from quarterback Chip Hilleary, then throws to 6’5” Rodney Harris for a 74 yard touchdown pass.
Quoted from the KC Star 12-26-92: "He's a daddy long legs with deceptive speed," Hilleary said. "He's definitely a weapon.” KU beats Brigham Young, ending the 11 year bowl drought.

DevilHawk 9 years, 4 months ago

Interesting. We'll see how this plays out.

100 9 years, 4 months ago

Speaking of the SEC...

A lot of galaxies are colliding here today... Naismith, inventor of the forward pass & assistant coach beside Phog Allen during the epic comeback tie against the walk on capital of the world, Nebraska Cornhuskers, that allowed our current stadium to be built... Meet Neal, our new 6'7" walk on receiver who is very good at catching very high forward passes... OK... I won't go there, but anyway it is nice to finally see our National Champion golden-iron football/basketball circle of trust completed there (Naismith (NC)-Phog (NC)-Smith (NC)-Jeb (NC)-Neal (NC?))... I digress.

Anyway, speaking of football & National championships... Let's talk SEC football in relation to what we're doing here in Lawrence.

Gill & his staff are certainly bringing recruiting we've never seen before here in Lawrence... And the all important dignity back to our football program.

But since Neal came from Arkansas's football program most recently.... And since we're thinking about "recruiting" 365 days a year like only about 10 other programs nationally can declare to do the same, it might be a nice time to evaluate what the Arkansas coach just uttered at SEC media day (an SEC team has won the past 5 national championships, something we will see here in Lawrence a few times if we stay with Gill for 20-30 years)... Here are words of wisdom when thinking about national championships, straight from Arkansas' coach:

"The thing that separated the SEC from everybody else in America was the defensive front, the speed, athleticism on the edges, athleticism inside," Petrino said at SEC Media Days in Birmingham. "I found that out when I came back as a head coach in the league."

The point is, follow Jayhawks....

We are recruiting with the big boys now, beating out SEC schools on occassion, & the foundation of 6'7" sunflowers are planted & being fertilized....

Now..... Let's stop complaining about the SEC & let's begin to learn from them.....

Coach Gill & Staff, this message is pointed directly at you guys: Let's go get some HUGE!!!! D Linemen for the middle 3 or create them with our top ten strength facility!!!!!!!!

Rock Chalk Coach Gill, players & staff!!!!!!!!!!

gardenjay 9 years, 4 months ago

Nice to hear we're getting a beanstalk wide receiver. They can catch anything if it's thrown high enough, although I worry about that saying, the higher you are the harder you fall. I wish football would just fast forward to the inevitable total-foam 'stay-puff' body suits so that I can enjoy the game guilt-free.

Ozarkhawk 9 years, 4 months ago

Please Trojanhawk. You are showing your ignorance. UALR is a D1 school. It would have been hard for Neal to play football there since they don't field a football team. You might do a little research before you mouth off

Ethan Berger 9 years, 4 months ago

He wasn't mouthing off, he was just confused. Calm down.

Kevin Studer 9 years, 4 months ago

Whoa there...He wasn't attacking the kid, just asking why he'd have to sit out a year given his circumstances. Someone's in a fighting mood...

notigers4me 9 years, 4 months ago

If he played for two years at Arkansas and played B ball one year at Ark. Little Rock wouldn't he have two years of football eligibility left? Also can't he practice with the team while he is sitting out a year?

Ethan Berger 9 years, 4 months ago

His second year, If I understand, he got injured which means he later could apply for a medical red shirt. And yes he should be able to practice, our Middle Linebacker did the same thing.

100 9 years, 3 months ago

After Neal has surgery to encapsulate his body in military grade armor to protect his kidneys, stomach, large intestines, small intestines, pancreas, gall bladder & the like.....

Here's the only play we run through the season & beyond for 14 straight wins & the 2012 BCS national championship....

I can hear Bob Davis of the Jayhawk network monotoning with delayed excitement at the completion of each play already...

Bob: "Well.... Here we go...... KU's 6'4" quarterback with a wingspan akin to Wilt Chamberlain drops back behind his 6'5" 1,500 lb steel curtain of an offensive line, to pass for a 5 yard completion to KU's only other player with a wingspan as wide as Wilt, the 6'7" kid from the SEC... How about that Nate Bukatey, isn't that the same play we just saw previously?"

Nate: "It sure was Bob!"

Bob: "Thanks Nate."

Nate: "No problem Bob. In fact, if my math is right, for the entire season we haven't run another play. Our quarterback is throwing 100% on the year & we are perfect in the red zone. Back to you Bob"

Bob: "Thanks Nate. Boy that's really somethin', isn't it? And now, back to action, Kansas quarterback is in the shot gun again, boy this IS a twist!!!!!!"

Repeat. Win. Repeat. Win. Repeat. Win. Etc. Etc. Etc.

Looking forward to 2012 Jayhawk football!!!!!!!!!!!

Jaminrawk 9 years, 3 months ago

6'7" should come in handy in the endzone.

Jeff Coffman 9 years, 3 months ago

I guess I don't fully understand all of the transfer rules, but why does he have to sit out a year, when he wasn't at a school last year enrolled as a football player?

Andy Hess 9 years, 3 months ago

he was a scholarship athlete last year despite the fact that he was on scholarship for a different sport. makes no difference. the rules still apply.

Alabamastreet 9 years, 3 months ago

A basketball guard from Duke played QB at Syracuse a couple of years ago immediately after he finished his four years at Duke. So it can happen, but probably the rules are that you have to graduate first. Earlier this year, KU for awhile was considering a transfer from Vanderbilt in basketball who would have been immediately eligible and I believe he played last year. Again, he probably graduated.

Dirk Medema 9 years, 3 months ago

Right on both examples and the requirement has 2 parts - graduate and enroll in a graduate program that isn't offered at the former school.

Dirk Medema 9 years, 3 months ago

For reference sake, Rivals had him as the #80 WR - just behind Chris Omigie at #76.

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