Barry uses junior-college route to reach D-I

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By Sam Draut

The junior-college route wasn’t the easiest path, but it led to the intended destination.

Adam Barry, a 2018 North Oldham High School graduate, is set to transfer to the Temple University football program after spending a season playing for Independence Community College in Kansas.

At first, Barry was hesitant about attending a junior-college out of high school, but offers at the Division-I level hadn’t appeared, so attending a junior-college for one or two seasons in hopes of landing an offer from an FBS program was the only option.

“Going the junior-college route, it gave me more time for recruiting and gave me more exposure to get me to a D-I school,” Barry said. “Going to junior-college was the way to get out there.”

Without a punting coach at Independence, Barry had to work on his own to improve his skills. He gained attention for his workouts at the Kornblue Kicking camps.

“They really pushed me out there because they knew I had talent, but I wasn’t as exposed,” Barry said. “I did well at those camps, which pushed me to more schools.”

Barry earned a five-star rating and was ranked as the nation’s top uncommitted punter at Kornblue Kicking’s Fab 50 camp. The camps helped Barry gain interest from various schools.

The school in Philadelphia was the best fit for Barry.

“When I went on the visit there were so many people who were open to me. Temple had really nice people and I really liked the atmosphere,” Barry said. “I felt like it was a good school for me to continue academic and athletic career.”

He wasn’t just a punter at North Oldham. As a senior, Barry had 13 receptions for 198 yards and three touchdowns as a receiver while tallying 58 tackles on defense.

“People I always say ‘he’s a punter, he’s weird’ but throughout my high school career I would play whatever position I could to help the team win,” Barry said. “That made me stronger and faster.”

Barry, who had a 72-yard punt along with 13 kicks inside the 20-yard-line last season for Independence, will also appear in the fourth season of Netflix’s series Last Chance U, a documentary series about junior-college football.

“It’s going to be awesome to see myself on it,” Barry said.

Barry credited North Oldham assistant coach Kienan Cullen for help developing as a punter.

“He has been helping me throughout the whole process,” Barry said. “He always stuck with me.”

Barry said coaches Jack Shea, Billy Martin, Joe Gamsky and Jason Brown influenced his football career as well.