No. 1 Junior WR Talks with CUTigers

Richland Northeast standout Markeveis Barnes will be one of the top wide receiver prospects in the southeast next season. He's also playing in tonight's state championship game between Richland Northeast and Byrnes.

6-3, 190 pound wide receiver prospect Markeveis Barnes is already building an impressive offer list as a junior at Richland Northeast High School. "Right now, I have offers from Clemson, South Carolina, Kentucky, Wake Forest, North Carolina State, Duke, Auburn and several others," Barnes told CUTigers.com in a recent interview.

When asked if he has any early favorites, Barnes responded, "I like LSU, South Carolina and Michigan right now. I'm still keeping all of my options open though."

"I plan on waiting a while. It might come down to the end. I may wait until signing day to make my decision."

Clemson verbal commitment QB Willy Korn is trying to convince the prize recruit to join him at Clemson. "Yeah, I talk with Willy a lot. As a matter of fact I talked to him yesterday," Barnes said.

Oddly enough, the two will meet in the state championship game tonight when Richland Northeast plays Byrnes for the state championship.

"I feel pretty good about the game," Barnes said. "We are comfortable with what we have to do. I don't think they are unbeatable. We can't go into the game with a mind set that they are unbeatable. If everybody does their job every quarter and every down we should be able to beat them."

What will the talented junior consider most when selecting a college? "I will be looking at the background of the football program. I will be looking at the coaching staff and also the graduation rate," Barnes added.

Clemson assistant coach Brad Scott is recruiting Barnes for the Tigers.

Barnes is expected to debut as the Scout.com's No. 2 prospect in South Carolina for the class of 2007 - trailing only Byrnes QB Willy Korn.

We will continue to keep you updated on this outstanding receiver from South Carolina, right up through signing day 2007.

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