The Bears picked up their 11th commitment of the 2018 class with the verbal pledge of Kalon Barnes, a 3-star wide reciever out of Silsbee High School.
Speed is the name of the game for the Baylor Bears and the 2018 class. After a 48-hour stretch that saw the Bears secure five commitments from some of the fastest and most athletic players in the state of Texas, the Bears continued that trend Thursday evening with the commitment of Kalon Barnes.
The 78th receiver in the nation, Barnes is a solid 3-star recruit with offers from Texas A&M, UCLA, Georgia, Texas Tech, Houston, Missouri, Arizona, and many more. During his sophomore year, Barnes began to break out with 19 receptions for 315 yards and 5 touchdowns in just 5 varsity games. His junior year was even better, putting up 34 catches for 683 yards and 8 touchdowns. He has averaged 18.8 yards per reception over his two year career, and is expected to be the leader of the Tigers during his senior year.
Long considered a Baylor lean, Barnes is the fourth wide receiver to commit to the Bears, joining 4-star athlete Josh Fleeks, 3-star Jackson Gleeson, and 2-star Tyquan Thornton. The Bears now have 11 commits in the 2018 class, with 6 on offense and 5 on defense.
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Kalon Barnes is a big-play receiver who lines up around the formation for his high school team, but may project best as an outside receiver in college. Barnes possesses a good frame at 6-foot+ that has ample space for bulk addition, which will help him build strength and improve his blocking ability. Barnes is a proven vertical threat who can hit the home run. He's also a consistent high-pointer whose frame and body control allow him to win balls in traffic, especially in the red zone. Barnes is also a threat in the jet/fly game when lined up int he slot. He shows good top-end speed and can be quick off the line, but is not yet totally consistent in his jump at the snap. He sometimes lulls DB's off the line before bursting downfield for separation. Overall, Barnes is a talented receiver who projects to the high-major level and should find himself among the top wideouts in Texas for the 2018 class. -- Gabe Brooks