Large Lineman High on Tigers

A football recruiting report features one of the top 2008 prospects in the state of Alabama.

Enterprise, Ala.--T.J. Barnes hasn't even started his senior year of high school, but already the offensive lineman is bigger than most college football players.

"I am six-foot-seven, 322 pounds and I am still growing," Barnes says. "Who knows how big I am going to get."

One of the most interesting of the in-state linemen in the class of 2008, Barnes attended a one-day football camp on the Auburn campus over the weekend and says it was a productive visit.

"I learned a lot like how to stay low better and all of that good stuff," Barnes notes. "I got to talk to Coach (Tommy) Tuberville and that was a nice talk. He told me that they wanted me to come see them play and that he was going to come see me play."

"It was a fun camp, but I pulled a muscle in my back so I couldn't do as much as I wanted to do, but it was fun while it lasted."

The offensive lineman says he may visit several more campuses before the end of the summer. "I will probably go to Georgia Tech and Alabama, and maybe to Florida," he says. Tech and Alabama have also offered scholarships.

Barnes says he is a strong student who is interested in majoring in business administration, engineering or psychology in college. He and his teammates at Enterprise High are looking to bounce back from a traumatic school year in which they lost classmates as well as their high school buildings when a tornado hit their school on March 1st while students who were attending class tried to take cover.

"It is going to be a while before things are back to normal," Barnes says. "It is hard getting used to the school we are in. We are going to classes at the junior college."

Barnes says that he came to the Auburn camp with Tuberville's Tigers as a program he is very seriously considering and that has not changed. "My interest in Auburn is high, very high, because my father, Terry Jones, and two of my cousins played there--Fred Baxter and Randy Hart."


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