What it means: Chris Barnes is going to have to work to get onto the field. I didn’t know for sure if UGA would pass on Barnes, but they didn’t - two coaching staffs didn’t. So there is something about Barnes that appeals to college coaches.
He’s yet to tip the scales over 300 pounds, so the South Georgia native still has some work to do on that front. He’s also still quite raw. Lee County was damned good at throwing the ball over the last few years, but they don't have all of the advantages of the metro Atlanta schools when it comes to development of players.
Because of Lee County’s high-flying ways, Barnes will be quite used to the pro-style passing protecting he’s going to have to deal with at Georgia. Barnes, who is a happy and likable kid, will have to focus on getting bigger and more physical to deal with SEC play in the future. It’s time to get to work.
Dean Legge saw him live: 2013 MVP Camp; 2014 MVP Camp; 2014 Westover at Lee County
Chad Simmons says: Barnes is one of those offensive linemen who plays tackle in high school, but likely to slide inside on the college level. Really plays smart and under control. Goes to work every play. Very competitive and coachable. Flashes good feet and agility. Can get to the second level. Likes to finish blocks. Can improve his upper-body strength and adjustments to defensive lineman in pass rush. Versatile OL who also plays basketball.