"Coach Croom called me last Monday night. We talked for a while, and I must say that I was very impressed. He has had a lot of success everywhere he's been, and I enjoyed speaking to him," Barnes said.
Was it enough to make Blake re-evaluate his commitment to the Georgia Bulldogs?
"No. It really didn't make me reconsider at all. Georgia is just the place I want to be."
Barnes has been rumored to be graduating early, and enrolling at Georgia for bowl practice. When exactly is he headed to Athens?
"I believe I'll be there around Wednesday of next week. I'm just excited to get into the college game, and see how difficult the transition really is. I'm ready for that challenge that comes with it."
What turned Blake onto the Dawgs?
"I believe I was watching a game they played in Coach Richt's first season a while back. My dad watched the after game press conference and loved what Coach had to say. He made me promise that I would check out Georgia when I started to get recruited. Coach Richt is just unbelievable, and he's the main thing that sparked my interest in Georgia."
The Mississippi gun slinger took his official visit to Athens for the Auburn game. What did he think?
"It was unbelievable. The atmosphere was big time, and the fans were into it. My host was hurt, so I mainly hung out with Bartley Miller and Russ Tanner. I enjoyed being around them and hanging out downtown, and at their house. We got to eat at Coach Richt's home, and I loved that as well."
Where does Barnes feel he fits into Georgia's current quarterback situation?
"There are great athletes and great quarterbacks already there. Of course, A.J. (Bryant) is a great athlete as well. I just feel I can go in and compete. The coaches have spoken to me about possibly redshirting. They said that if David Greene stays, then I'll more than likely take a redshirt. I don't have a problem with that. It just gives me an extra year to learn, because the quarterback position is one of the toughest to perfect."
How does Blake feel about coming in early, along with fellow QB prospect A.J. Bryant?
"A.J. is a great guy. He's fun to be around, and it's going to be fun being teammates. Things like him coming in with me helps a lot. Having a guy like him will be a lot of help, because it would be difficult to go through this on your own. Especially since he plays the same position, I think we can relate to what each other is experiencing."
He will travel with the team to the Capital One Bowl on January 1, 2004.
Barnes is a very well-spoken individual, and he should be an asset to Georgia both on the field, and off the field. We wish him the best of luck in the future, and in his career as a Dawg.