OT Kwamelle Barnes Profile
It's only a matter of getting the 6-foot-4, 275-pound rising junior some more game reps at his future position.
"We've talked about that. I'm sure he's a little disappointed," Painter told CUTigers at Saluda earlier this week. "But, also, everybody's come through here in the last week. When they come out here, they say, ‘Man, he's a left tackle.'"
The Tigers' head coach hopes to add some beef to the offensive line, which averaged a little over 200 pounds per player a year ago.
"We run a wing-T scheme," Painter said. "We're going to run the option, do angle blocking and that kind of blocking…Kwamelle's going to make us better if he can play left tackle with us, because he'll give us some things we can do a little bit differently.
"Last year, we had to have him on defense. He started the year at offensive tackle. He struggled some, and we were hurting on the defensive line. So we said we're going to put him over there and leave him, so, as a sophomore, he won't have so much to think about as a sophomore going both ways, and he got better. We got better as a team."
As a junior, Barnes will play primarily on the offensive side of the ball.
"Now, he's going to probably have to play every snap on offense and then play some on defense, situation-type stuff," Painter said. "Not only will that be the best for us that will be the best for him, because people want to see him lined up at offensive tackle."
And that's just fine with Barnes. While his classmate, Dexter Wideman, has already picked up three offers, he's only receiving interest -- for now.
"The only thing I can do is play the best I can, on the field. Off the field, in the classroom, I've got to make sure I go at it, 110 percent," Barnes said.
He visited Clemson in March for Junior Day and again a month later for the spring game. South Carolina hosted him for the February Junior Day.
"I'm planning on attending the Clemson and Carolina camp. If I have time, I'm going to try to go to Alabama's or more out of state," Barnes said.
Clemson, South Carolina and North Carolina have expressed interest. He hopes to also hear from Florida and Baylor, too.
Barnes had 37 tackles, three sacks, seven tackles for loss and two recovered fumbles.
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