Tallahassee, Fla.--One man's loss is another man's gain, or so the saying goes, but in this case it's one team's loss is another team's gain as the Auburn Tigers got a commitment from former Tennessee signee Deshaun Barnes after the Lincoln standout failed to be admitted to Tennessee for this fall.
A good student who easily qualified under NCAA standards for grades and test scores but was awaiting the results on one part of his graduation exam, the 6-2, 215 Barnes was considered one of the top prospects in the country last year and was rated as a four-star prospect by Scout.com as he signed with the Vols. Once it became apparent he wouldn't be able to enroll in Knoxville, Barnes began looking for another school and Auburn was an obvious choice.
Deshaun Barnes is a physical player that has gained size since last fall.
That's because former Lincoln teammate Craig Stevens is a redshirt freshman linebacker for the Tigers and classmates Michael Slade and Tim Lamb signed with Auburn in February. With so many familiar faces in orange and blue, Auburn became an attractive place for a star looking for a home.
Still not cleared by his school board after retaking part of his graduation exam, Barnes was a player Auburn was hoping to get in school this fall. Now that won't happen but if Barnes qualifies he would be able to enroll at Auburn in January and go through spring practice.
Barnes was released from his letter of intent by Tennessee early in the summer. He had offers last year from Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, LSU, UCLA and several others.