Georgia Tech Adds Blue-Chip Athlete

Anthony Barnes has committed to Georgia Tech, giving the Yellow Jackets another blue-chip athlete in a class that is starting to look quite formidable.

Anthony Barnes has committed to Georgia Tech, giving the Yellow Jackets another blue-chip athlete in a class that is starting to look quite formidable. Barnes joins Carlos Thomas as scout.com 4-star prospects who have made verbal pledges to GT. Barnes' commitment helps ease the sting of losing another 4-star guy, QB Todd Walker, to Texas Tech earlier last week. Last recruiting season GT signed two players given a 4-star rating or better in Darryl Richard and Calvin Johnson. Both were impact players for the Jackets in their first season on the Flats. Tech fans will have similar hopes for Barnes and Thomas next season. Anthony and Carlos are both such good athletes too that both could play on either side of the ball.

Barnes on Barnes:

"I'm studying for finals right now," said Barnes. "We have our finals next week. Yes, I committed to Georgia Tech. I picked Tech because I wanted to be close to home, and I liked the academic level. I think I have a great chance to come in and play right away. I like the players there and the campus. I probably will still visit LSU, but I almost definitely going to Georgia Tech."

Barnes has the size at 6-3 and 215 pounds to play several positions, but he knows where he is going to get his first chance.

"They said I'm going to play free safety. They're losing some guys there, and I might be able to come in and play early."

Barnes will get a first shot to play safety, and with his size, he can end up being a terrific linebacker as well.

Cartersville High Coach Don Breedlove on Barnes:

He did make a commitment," said Coach Don Breedlove of Cartersville High School of his star athlete Anthony Barnes. "He is very loyal to his family. He still helps pay the power bills and everything. He's a great kid, and we've never had a problem with him here at Cartersville. It doesn't surprise me that he committed to Georgia Tech, because he wants to stay close to home."

"Tech is going to bring him in as a safety, but I'd be shocked if he didn't end up at outside linebacker. He reminds me a lot of Karlos Dansby at Auburn. He hasn't really had a chance to even have the weight training that a lot of players have had for us. He's worked so hard at getting his academics in order that he'll get a lot bigger when he can focus on getting bigger."

Scout.com's Scott Kennedy on Barnes:

Barnes was originally listed by Scout.com as a wide receiver, but after watching him several times this year, his future is on defense.

Barnes is one of the Top 10 prospects in the state regardless of position. If you haven't had a chance to watch him, watch the very first highlight clip posted in his profile as he makes an interception against West Minister this year. He reminds me of what Michael Bush was like as a junior. AT Barnes will be a special player at Georgia Tech.


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