"I'll be in school in January," Barnes explains. "I'll probably go into sports communication or sports management and I think more than likely I'll be playing outside linebacker, like will (weakside)."
Barnes signed with Phil Fulmer and the Volunteers in February of 2007 and met all of the necessary academic requirements except for part of the Florida high school exit exam. Barnes notes that he became eligible "about a month ago," and will "probably move to Auburn at the end of this month," he says. "I've just been working and working out, studying and getting ready for everything--just making a little change."
Auburn signed Craig Stevens out of Lincoln High in 2006 as well as Michael Slade and Tim Lamb in February 2007. Stevens has been the starting strongside linebacker for the Tigers for most of the season before injuring his ankle against Ole Miss. Slade is a redshirting cornerback and Lamb is attending Hargrave Military this academic year.
The 6-2, 215-pound Barnes, who played safety in high school, adds that he was also close to signing with the Tigers the first time around after being recruited by Steve Ensminger.
"I was very close," he says. "I just like the facilities, the coaches and I've got two teammates up there also. I talk to them about every other day. They tell me how good the coaches are, how they make friends, how classes are going, just everything about it--the tradition and the history."
Auburn is recruiting another Lincoln product this year in cornerback T.J. Bryant, one of the top cornerback prospects in the country.
"We're very close friends," Barnes says of his relationship with Bryant. "We've grown up together since middle schools, since sixth grade. He's looking at Auburn, but I don't know if that's the school he wants to go to yet. We've talked about it and everything. It's just talk."