Tavaris Barnes gets Visit from Gators

Defensive linemen are at a premium each recruiting season and this year is no different as the Gators look to sign four to five of the best defensive linemen possible. Enter 6-5, 260-pound Tavaris Barnes from Jacksonville (FL) First Coast High School. Recently, rumors swirled that Barnes was about to pledge his services to the defending national champion Florida Gators, have his feelings changed?

"We have been in full pads since last Tuesday and practice has been going great so far," Tavaris Barnes said. "This year I am trying to play both ways. Even though I haven't played a lot of tight end before this year I will. I really like playing defensive end that's my spot. Today they had me inside during most of the practice (Wednesday) but I prefer to play outside.

"Florida had two coaches come and watch me today. Coach Dan McCarney and coach Scott Loeffler both got to see me do my thing today and I know they were very impressed with what I did on the field. I even got into a scrap today with the offensive linemen and I think they enjoyed watching my level of intensity today. I had high energy all day and I think they were impressed with what they saw out of me."

So far, Georgia Tech, South Carolina, Florida State, Maryland, Central Florida and Florida have all been to visit.

"Going to the next level is what I think about all the time when I think about Florida. Florida is all about discipline and that's what you need to get to the next level. The Gators are at the top and that is where I want to be. My mom even wants me to be at Florida, she loves the Gators and that's where she wants me to play."

Barnes isn't ready to make a decision just yet.

"I will take some visits over the summer to see North Carolina, Georgia Tech, South Florida and South Carolina. I want to visit those four schools over the summer and see what I think. After I make those visits, then I will sit down with my mom and we will take into consideration how I felt at each of those places and pray. Once all that takes place I will be ready to make a decision."


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