Jordan Barlow’s homecoming is everything he thought it would be.

"I knew most of the guys from when I was growing up here and they’ve all been real friendly," said Barlow. "It’s been great. I knew most the guys growing up and it’s great to be hanging out with them."

Barlow was at Southside last season and was penciled in as a possible starter for the Rebels according to a Times Record article back in November 2013, before his transfer back to Van Buren.

Barlow has been working towards becoming a quarterback ever since he could remember.

"The biggest thing I’ve taken from learning to be a quarterback is that not every day is going to be your best day," Barlow said. "You can never be too down or too up. You just realize that there’s always going to be another day."

Barlow is one of three players vying for the quarterback position at Van Buren. The junior is up against senior Tobin Johnson and sophomore Tre Norwood for the job.

"The competition has really helped and work harder. If I don’t work hard, there’s going to be someone else to take over our spot," said Barlow. "We’re real supportive of each other, because we’re all part of the same team."

Barlow said that the whole team has been working extra hard during the off-season.

"We’re looking forward to having a good season, as long as we keep our head straight and work hard," he said.

Barlow also works out with the basketball team. Between football every day, basketball three days a week and working out on his own he stays physically active up to three times a day.

"Sometimes I get really exhausted, but I have great coaches, my parents and teammates to keep pushing me," said Barlow. "Once I get back, I’m usually fine."

The Van Buren Pointers open the 2014 season with a Sept. 5 road trip to White Hall and will host Poteau on Sept. 12 for the home opener.