Illinois QB Pulls the Trigger

Quarterback <b>Freddie Barnes</b> had a very good summer and was expected to be one of the most highly recruited prospects in the Midwest in 2004. Barnes didn't put up the numbers this year that he did as a junior but that wasn't his fault as his receivers never seemed to find their hands and his best receiver quit in the middle of the season. The 6-foot-1, 185-pounder from Flossmoor (Ill.) Homewood-Flossmoor now turns his attention to the next level as he's made his college decision.

"I just wanted to call and let you know that Freddie (Barnes) has committed to Bowling Green," said Clarissa Charles, the mother of Freddie Barnes.

"We just got back home from Bowling Green and Freddie gave them his verbal commitment.

"We had offers from Eastern Michigan and Indiana but I think Freddie just felt the most comfortable at Bowling Green..

"Bowling Green's style of play fits Freddie's game and first and foremost they have his major (Sports Management).

"We really liked the atmosphere at Bowling Green. It was a family orientated atmosphere and we just felt very comfortable there."

Freddie Barnes is a very good dual-threat quarterback that has a very bright future ahead of him.

Look for Barnes to compete with Omar Jacobs for the starting quarterback job at Bowling Green in the very near future. Barnes is also the point guard on one of the top rated basketball teams in Illinois and he could end up playing hoops at Bowling Green as well.

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