With National Signing Day only a few days away, Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe’s Jok O’Barr committed to play football for the University of West Georgia on Sunday, Jan. 27.
The senior offensive lineman said he "knew in his heart," he had made the right decision. He said he couldn’t wait to be a member of the college team, and looked forward to the opportunity of building the program, like he was able to be a part of at LFO.
"My time at LFO was awesome," he said. "I learned so much through my coaches. It was so good getting to be a part of a growing program and being recognized for helping get LFO back on track. I’m looking forward to doing that at West Georgia. It’s a good program that’s growing fast, and I’m excited about getting to be a part of it."
O’Barr received many accolades on the gridiron for his senior season. He was honored as a first team, All-region player, named to the Pre-season All-state team for his academics, named to the Georgia All-state academic team, earned the Good Citizen award in his classification through the GHSA and was selected to play in the D.L. Scott Coalition Bowl North Georgia vs. Central Georgia Senior All-star game at the Georgia Dome.
LFO head coach Todd Windham said he thought O’Barr would be a very successful student athlete in college. He said the 6-foot-4, 280-pound lineman took his studies "very serious," was a mature young man and would handle the transition into college life well.
He said West Georgia was also "getting a great athlete with a lot of character."
"Jok worked hard to get ready for his senior year," he said. "He did a really good job on the field for us. He’s a very intelligent guy. He’s able to make his reads and check the line…I’m very proud of him."
O’Barr, who plans to major in physical education and pursue an apprenticeship for strength and conditioning, said he couldn’t do anything without the help of his coaches and parents, including John and Charlotte O’Barr and Dawn and Jackie Washburn.
O’Barr, a member of the school’s leadership council and Fellowship of Christian Athletes, said he plans to sign his scholarship papers on National Signing day Feb. 6. He said his most memorable moment at LFO was senior night against Sonoraville and the four-game winning streak.
"Senior night was special because the season was wrapping up and I knew it was the end," he said. "I just kind of sat back and took it all in."
O’Barr said he wanted to thank his school for the support in his time at LFO and his teammates and all of his teachers for giving him advice through the years.