Things heating up for Florida DE

Deondre Barnett is a standout defensive end prospect from Cocoa High and Scout caught up with him to discuss the latest.

Cocoa High is one of the premier programs in the state of Florida and Deondre Barnett is one of their premier players in the Class of 2013.

Despite having grown up a basketball player and not playing football until his junior season, Barnett put his name on the recruiting map with a strong junior season for the Tigers. He finished the season with 30 tackles and one sack. Expect him to take his game to a whole new level this season, with an extra year of quality coaching under his belt.

Barnett, who could play defensive end or outside linebacker at the college level, has been to a few camps this summer and is starting to get some recruiting attention.

"My top four choices are Clemson, Alabama, Auburn, and UCF," Barnett said. "That's just an idea for now. I don't have any offers yet but a lot are very interested."

Barnett, who won the Defensive Line MVP Award at one of Miami's camps last month, talked about what he'll be looking for in a school down the road.

"A future, a great experience, and an excellent athletic and academic program," he said.

Barnett, 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds, claims a 3.1 GPA in the classroom and a 17 ACT score.

As he begins his senior season a lot of eyes from college coaches will be on him so he's definitely a player to keep a close eye on.


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