FSU commitment visiting Clemson

A Florida State verbal commitment will be up from Jacksonville this weekend for an official visit to Clemson.

DE Tavaris Barnes Profile

When he committed to Florida State back in June, 2010 defensive end Tavaris Barnes wanted to stay in the state of Florida to play college ball. He's starting to think otherwise, and could be playing college ball outside of the Sunshine State.

Barnes grew up as a Florida State fan and made his commitment to the Seminoles because it "felt like home."

"I liked it. It was close to home," he said. "My mindset changed, maybe a little bit, as the months came and went. At first, I just wanted to stay in the state, and I didn't want to go out of state. Now, my eyes are opening up to see what other schools have to offer.

"My commitment to Florida State is pretty tight."

For him to change his mind, Barnes said he's got to find a place where he knows he'll feel comfortable for the next four years.

CUTigers caught up with Barnes to talk about his only previous official visit (Dec. 4 to South Carolina) and the one that's coming up next.

This weekend, he'll be back in the Palmetto State, this time it'll be in Clemson for his first trip to Tigertown. A week later, he'll be in Chapel Hill to check out North Carolina.

Then, he's going to Florida State.

What does he think about each school?

South Carolina: "It was cool. I enjoyed myself. It was better than what I expected. I had a good time. They showed me a lot of things. That's pretty much about it. South Carolina was always in my top group. They were one of the first schools to offer me and to recognize me. They've been talking to me for the past two years, so I wanted to go see what they were all about."

Clemson: "They keep selling me on Death Valley and all that. I just want to go see what that's all about. I just want to go up there and enjoy my weekend.

"Plus I've seen them play a couple of times. I was really impressed. I really like Da'Quan Bowers and how he plays. He's nothing but a sophomore. That's amazing. Plus, there's Ricky Sapp. Then, when I talked to the coaches, that made it even better."

North Carolina: "Coach (Troy) Douglas was the recruiting coach at USF. Then he went to North Carolina, and offered me there. I talked to coach (John) Blake.

"I've heard a lot of stuff about him I never knew. He was in the NFL and had two rings. He coached at Miami. He's one of the best d-line coaches in the nation. They also have a great d-line. He puts d-lineman in the first-round all the time, I looked that up. That's what attracted me to them. It's Chapel Hill. Who wouldn't want to play there?"

Barnes had about 80 tackles, 25 TFL and nine sacks for First Coast High School as a senior. His other offers include: Purdue, Mississippi, Maryland, Rutgers, South Florida, Central Florida, Florida Atlantic and Florida International.

Clemson recruiting coordinator Jeff Scott was in Jacksonville on Wednesday to meet with Barnes and watch him play basketball.

Scout.com rates him as a three-star prospect and the No.75 defensive end in the class of 2010.


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