Barnes talks about Georgia

Georgia did not sign a quarterback in 2003 and this season it appears the position is the number one target for Mark Richt. Is Blake Barnes the quarterback Georgia is looking for?

Quarterback is the name of the game at Georgia this year. The Dawgs must address what they are going to do after their rapidly aging quarterbacks leave Athens. Georgia did not sign a quarterback in 2003 and this season it appears the position is the number one target for Mark Richt.

Although all the way in Mississippi, impressive quarterback Blake Barnes has expressed his interest in playing for Georgia. Barnes, who says that he enjoys playing tennis and fishing in his spare time, was born in Tennessee but says that he knows Mississippi best.

So how can Georgia wrestle him away from the Magnolia State?

"I am very interested in Georgia," Barnes said. "They are still one of my top schools," he added.

Barnes said that he visited Athens earlier this year and at that point met both Mike Bobo and Mark Richt.

"I really like Coach Bobo and Coach Richt," he said. "They were really impressive to me at the camp that I was at."

But the Georgia coaches were slow to extend a scholarship offer to Barnes. "They wanted to wait until the end of the summer to see the rest of the camps," he said. Barnes is confident that Georgia will offer by the fall.

But even if Georgia does not offer Barnes, several schools have. Mississippi State and Ole Miss have both offered as has Big Ten power Michigan.

"Ole Miss is a school that I am interested in," Barnes said. "I have spoken with Coach (David) Cutcliffe a lot. In state Ole Miss is a big deal."

"Michigan has offered me and I was really impressed with the school and the coaches," Barnes added.

The silent period has made things even more unclear for Barnes because he can not communicate with the coaching staffs at the schools that he likes.

"Coach Bobo and I have not had a chance to talk much. When I went to Athens I got a chance to talk with him and I plan on keeping in touch with him. But they can't call right now and it is really hard to tell about all of the schools right now. It's hard to tell what to do about the schools that are interested in me," he said.

Barnes said that he has determined a group of three schools that he is most interested in: "Georgia, Ole Miss, and Michigan are probably my top three schools."

And with two of those three schools already offering Barnes, why does he put the Dawgs in his top 3 without them offering a scholarship?

"I just really like Georgia. I really like their coaching staff I was real comfortable with their coaching staff," he said.


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