Barnes hosted an in-home visit with Colorado safeties coach Joe Tumpkin last week and he spent this past weekend in Boulder on an official visit.
“It was good, it was different,” said Barnes of his trip to Colorado. “I had never been to Colorado so to see the mountains was different. Out here in Texas, everything is flat. It was good to see something different.”
True freshman cornerback Anthony Julmisse served as his player host, and educated him on what it is like to be a Buff.
“I got pretty good insight into how practices are, how games are, how school days are, and what it is like to live there,” Barnes said. “The facilities are great and how organized they are really stood out to me. Everything is on time. They know where they are going.”
Barnes measured in at 6-foot-1, 197-pounds during his trip to Colorado. The Buffs are recruiting him for cornerback.
“They kept on saying they really want me to come there,” he said. “They feel like I could fit in their defense really well.”
Barnes has lined up an official visit with UTSA for January 13 and Kansas State for the 20th. He is not sure yet if he will take a fourth official visit the weekend before signing day.
“I am just going to see these different schools to see how they compare,” Barnes said. “Everybody is equal right now. I went to Colorado and I really liked it. I will see if the same thing happens at the other schools. After my official visits, then I'll make my decision.”
Barnes said he is looking for a college that provides a “good support system.”
“I know Colorado has the players and the coaches that can help you always stay in line and stay on track in school,” he added.
Barnes just began playing defensive back in March. So while he is long, physical and athletic, he is still raw at his new position.
“Over the years of playing defensive back, you learn the intricacies and how to play in different coverages. So while I feel like I am a good player there and I am getting better, I know I am not all the way where I will be in the future,” Barnes said. “I know I'll continue to get better with my technique and the mental side of being a cornerback.
“The longer you play the position the more you understand the concepts and can put yourself in the best situations to be a playmaker. I know there is still a lot to learn, but at the same time, I feel like I am on a good roll with what I am doing right now.”