BOONE, N.C. — Jaylan Barbour, a true freshman ranked among the nation's top 100 wide receivers in the high-school class of 2014, has enrolled at Appalachian State University and joined the Mountaineers' football program.
Barbour, a 5-10, 165-pounder from Monroe, N.C., signed a National Letter of Intent with Wake Forest in February but was released from the obligations of that NLI, which allowed him to enroll at Appalachian State and play immediately.
ESPN ranked Barbour as the No. 79 high-school wide receiver nationally in the class of 2014 and the Fayetteville Observer tabbed him as the 30th-best prospect in the state of North Carolina. He caught 130 passes for 2,198 yards and 20 touchdowns during his prep career, including 46 receptions for 858 yards and seven scores as a senior.
JAYLAN BARBOUR (WR, 5-10, 165, Fr., Monroe, N.C./Monroe)
Rated as a three-star prospect by Rivals.com and 247Sports ... tabbed as the No. 79-ranked wide receiver nationally by ESPN and No. 81 by Rivals.com ... named the No. 30-ranked prospect in the state of North Carolina by the Fayetteville Observer and No. 38 by National Underclassmen Sports ... caught 130 passes for 2,198 yards and 20 touchdowns in three seasons as a starter ... tallied 44 receptions for 861 yards and 10 touchdowns as a sophomore (2011) ... had 42 catches for 521 yards and four scores during injury-riddled junior campaign (2012) ... bounced back with 46 receptions for 858 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior (2013) ... also averaged 29 yards per kickoff return and 18 yards per punt return during senior season ... helped lead Monroe to 13-3 record and appearance in 2013 North Carolina 2AA state championship game as a senior ... caught five passes for 132 yards and a touchdown in regional semifinal win over East Lincoln ... returned a kickoff 86 yards for a touchdown in regional final victory over Parkwood ... three-time first-team all-conference honoree ... first-team all-Union County ... coached by Johnny Sowell ... won six 1A state championships in track and field as a member of relay teams at Monroe ... cousin, Jamison Crowder, is a senior all-ACC wide receiver at Duke.