A day after being offered by coach Dan Morrison, William Barns, a local product out of Highland Park committed to SMU. Although he was one of the more surprising commits (committed at a time when SMU was thought to be filled at offensive line) Barns is ecstatic about the opportunity to stay home and play for the Mustangs.
Barns chose SMU over the likes of Iowa State and San Diego State due to its proximity to home and family connections. Barns, who projects as a center at SMU, may have to sit a year or focus on deep snapping, as SMU returns Taylor Lasecki.
We caught up with Highland Park head coach Randy Allen, who discussed the impact Barns made this year, and what he expects from him once he arrives on the Hilltop.
How big of an impact did William have on your team this year?
William was the only returning starter on the offensive line, and he was elected captain. He took a big leadership role for the offensive line even holding a meeting to go over everyone's blocking assignments in a preseason meeting.
What are William's best skills and attributes?
Williams best skills and attributes - great work ethic, intelligence and quickness
What does William need to improve on?
Will William make an immediate impact at SMU or will he need time to develop?
William will do what's best for the team. I don't know the depth of SMU's OL but William can play several positions, which makes him valuable.
Why is SMU a good fit for William?
It's great to get an HP football pipeline going again. He is a perfect fit for SMU. Talented, dedicated and intelligent. High character is his priority.
Scouting Report: William Barns
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