With day two of Coach Mark Dantonio's Summer Camp in the books, we look at a player that saw heads turn with his performance during the days one-on-one events. See who this top "Under the Radar" prospect is and what makes him so special.
Frederick Douglass High School in Maryland will send two former alumni to the University of Cincinnati this fall. Patrick Mimms and Thomas Claggett will each enter looking for early playing time under Coach Dantonio and his young defense. While that battle will be raged starting in a few weeks, Coach Narduzzi who was responsible for earning the signatures of both defensive standouts will be in another battle for during recruiting season for a former teammate of both. The only difference this season is the player being talked about lines up on the offensive side of the ball.
At 6-foot-1 and 160 pounds this wide receiver prospect has skills that are just getting attention. With no major offers in hand, Marcus Barnett will soon be seeing college coaches mailing offers in for his services just from his camp success. What did Marcus show on Monday that made everyone take notice? Quick hands, feet and the great leaping ability only a state champion high jumper could have, which Barnett was this spring. With this must ability eyes and heads were turing every time he went after a ball.
When Marcus wasn't beating defenders with his quick first step, he could use his body size to create space and place himself in position to make the catch. If that wasn't open the quarterback only needed to lob the ball in the air and watch Barnett grab it out of the air at its highest point. That ability alone would make a college coach dream of touchdowns.
Were do the Bearcats stand with the receiving standout? "Right now I really don't have any colleges like Cincinnati recruiting me." Barnett said during a short water break on the hot turf of Colerain High School during camp on Monday.
While he didn't receive and offer today, Cincinnati coaches have Barnett in their sights.