Jarrod Barnes Innovation. Execution. Outcomes

Jarrod Barnes Bio:

Jarrod Barnes has always looked to challenge the status quo and never allowed his limitations to define him. From experiencing homelessness, to pursuing the NFL and interacting with CEO's, Jarrod has developed a message that has the power to influence the hearts and minds of any generation.

In 2017, Jarrod launched Prime U, a leadership development training company that focuses on providing services for recent college graduates and young professionals to successfully transition into the workplace and reach their prime performance.

Prior to launching Prime U, Jarrod served as Assistant Director of Student-Athlete Development at Clemson University, where he oversaw all career development services, employer relations, and professional development programming for Clemson student-athletes. Jarrod is also a former student-athlete and Defensive Back's coach at The Ohio State University and student-athlete at the University of Louisville, competing on their football teams. Jarrod was the first ever Ohio State football player to pursue a Ph.D. while on the active roster.

At Ohio State, Jarrod was named Academic All-Big Ten and nominee for the Wuerffel Trophy (College Football’s Top Community Service Award) and recipient of the John Carlos Sports Humanitarian Award in 2016. In 2017, Jarrod was named a National Football Foundation scholar-athlete and Hampshire Honor Society member while also receiving the McMurray Student-Athlete Citizenship Award from The Ohio State University.

A native of Columbus, Ohio, Jarrod has been widely recognized by Who’s Who Magazine, NPR Radio, ESPN, Fox Sports, The Big Ten Network, and The Ohio State University as a top up-and coming young professional, academic, and leader in the country.

Career Development Workshop with Clemson Women's Basketball

Speaking Topics

  • What To Do When Your Best Isn't Enough - Understanding Self-Awareness, Resilience, and How to Effectively Recover.
  • Servant Leadership - Is Servanthood the Key to Sustained Success? Explaining How to Lead By Putting Others First.
  • Overcoming Shame and Self-Doubt - How to Find Wholeness In The Pursuit of Excellence.
  • Finding Your Purpose - What on Earth Am I Here For? 3 Keys To Discovering Your "Why".
The Ohio State University's Philadelphia Alumni Chapter Meeting


“Jarrod is on the cutting edge in terms of concerns about the student-athlete…His maturity, his attention to detail, his big-picture thinking, and his genuine care about the student-athlete…I just hope we hire him at some point at this university, I love him. I think he is a great role model for a lot of our players. And not just our players, for all of college football. When he speaks, people listen”Urban Meyer, Head Coach, Ohio State Football

"I have been doing this for 30 years, and Jarrod Barnes is top 3 in relation to character, integrity and work ethic. Although I have only had the opportunity to coach this young man for 1 year, the number of things I learned from him as his coach are too numerous to list. Rest assured, Jarrod is a man who will make your organization proud." - Coach Greg Schiano, Former NFL Head Coach

"I cannot thank Jarrod enough for helping me take my leadership to the next level. He was prepared every step of the way to challenge and help me understand my leadership qualities. His consultation not only got me ready to host our first ever Game Changing Retreat but laid the foundation to continue making a positive impact on the lives of future leaders." - Corinne Milien, Executive Director of The Winning Edge Leadership Academy, Former ESPN Producer

“Jarrod’s drive and passion to be successful is contagious…I’m so proud of him.”Gene Smith, Athletic Director, The Ohio State University

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