Pittsburg RB Hearing From Hogs
Alex Barnes is kind of a big deal in Pittsburg, Kansas. The 2015 prospect took home All-State and All-League honors last season after running for 1,126 yards and 18 touchdowns as a sophomore. With nearly 700 yards and 14 touchdowns over the first four games of 2013, Barnes appears to be a man on a mission. "I didn't really think about individual stuff that much," he said when asked about his goals for this season. "I just wanted to give this team the best opportunity to make a playoff run and win the SEK." Asked to explain what's different about him this season, Barnes doesn't mention anything about added speed or increased strength. "The game has kind of slowed down with another year of experience," he said. "I feel like I'm being a better leader this year at getting the younger guys to do their job and their responsibilities." As Barnes has continued to dominate in the Dragons run game, Division 1 programs have taken notice. Kansas State continues to send the talented junior letters, but a member of the Southeastern Conference has made an impression quickly. "Every day when I come home, my mom will have a few letters on the table from Arkansas," he said of the Razorbacks. "Just saying they have been keeping an eye on me and hearing good things. At the school, too, Coach Nickelson will have a letter or two from Arkansas." Barnes made it clear he could see himself in Fayetteville. "That would be an awesome school to go to," he said with a smile. "They are great for their academics, and they are in the SEC so they have a chance to win. They get a lot of publicity, and it would be really cool to play on a big stage like that." The Pittsburg RB laughed for a moment. As much as he likes the big stage of the SEC, the feeling around the football program and the quality of the degree is more important to him. "I'm looking for a school with the kind of education I want to pursue, and that just feels like home. I would prefer for it to be close, but that's not a big deal for me. I want to feel welcome, like family."
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