In-state battle for Barnes?

It could be a Kansas-Kansas State battle for Pittsburg (KS) running back Alex Barnes after the Wildcats offered.

Pittsburg (KS) running back Alex Barnes added another offer to his collection in the last week, from an in-state program after they saw all they needed to at camp.

"I was offered by Kansas State the day right after I camped for them," he said. "I got an e-mail from Coach Hayes telling me to give him a call. I gave him a ring and he said they liked what they saw in me. They like me as both a running back and defensive back and he offered me then."

The Wildcats will be a threat for Barnes' services going forward.

"Kansas State is definitely a school that appeals to me," he admitted. "They have a strong tradition there and a family feel to their program. I love the ideas and principles they have there concerning camaraderie and teamwork. I love what they stand for. I think it's a program I'd fit in very well at."

"I'll probably be taking one of my official visits there," he added.

The 6-foot, 210 pound athlete has heard the argument that it took the Wildcats longer to offer, but he's satisfied and doesn't hold any ill will against him for it.

"It doesn't affect it at all that they waited to offer," Barnes pointed out. "I don't harbor any hard feelings against them because we were able to stay in contact the whole time and they said it would happen. They were just very thorough about it."

"Kansas definitely plays that card, though," he continued. "I'm just listening to both sides right now. They both support their pitches very well."

Barnes also camped at Arkansas and came away with a sense of optimism of where he stands with the Razorbacks.

"I felt like I did very well there," he shared. "I tested well. I did very well in position drills. Some of the defensive back drills were new to me so I kind of just went with it. I still felt like I overachieved. They've been talking to me a lot. They said they'd be in contact afterwards. I'm still waiting on hearing back from them."

A couple more summer visits could be on the agenda followed by official visits for Barnes.

"I'm thinking about visiting Rutgers and Minnesota at the end of July," he mentioned. "I'll drag my recruitment out a little bit and take some official visits. I"ll probably take one to both in-state schools, Kansas and Kansas State."

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