Erie Express sign LB-Youssef Barakat for 2021

by Erie Express Media

The Erie Express are pleased to announce the signing of LB-Youssef Barakat (Akron University) for the 2021 season. Youssef begins his first season with the Express and will compete for a spot in the linebacker rotation and on special teams.

Barakat is a graduate of St. Vincent St. Mary High School in Akron, Ohio. A two year letter winner and starter for the Fighting Irish, Youssef played a major role in their winning back to back state championships (2012 and 2013). 

Youssef played his college football at Akron University. As a redshirt Freshman he was named Defensive Scout Team Player of the Year. Barakat made his debut against VMI and was part of the 2015 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl win (23-21) over the Utah State Aggies. An injury cut his collegiate playing career short but he is now healthy again and ready to get back into the game. 

Youssef was a Deans List student and graduated from Akron University with a degree in Political Science with a minor in Criminal Justice. 

"We had a chance to review Youssef's workout video and saw great things. We had him up for a workout and he did not disappoint. Depth at the linebacker position is a concern for us and we feel he will be a great addition to our team. Youssef clearly knows what it takes to win a championship having done so two times. We are excited to have him on board and look forward to a great season from him in 2021"-Director of Operations Paul Pennington. 

Youssef is sponsored by Funny Stop Comedy Club located at 1757 State Road in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. For a great time with great people please visit their website, Facebook page or simply stop in. 



We are happy to have you on board with us Youssef! GO EXPRESS!