As a high school student, Barlow took on several leadership roles. He served as Senior Class President and Captain of the Varsity Swim Team, and he was awarded the Swim Team Cornerstone Award for leadership. In addition, Barlow received the University of Rochester's George Eastman Young Leaders Award. He was also selected as a Senior Community Service Award recipient and has worked in his community as a swim coach and lifeguard. At Samford, Barlow is president of College Republicans.