Ready to Grayshirt: Dante Barnett

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Only one of two players who will grayshirt, Dante Barnett is already in Manhattan and is looking forward to January.

Dante Barnett is one of two grayshirt players who chose to go ahead and start living the campus life in Manhattan instead of waiting for his scholarship benefits to begin in January. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound defensive back out of Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa, Okla. is eager to get on with the football side of things next term.

"Everything is going pretty well," said Dante Barnett. "I'm getting ready for January by working out with Steven West. I stop by and talk with the strength and conditioning coach once or twice a week. He gave us a packet with a workout schedule to last through the semester."

Barnett has been on campus since June 5th.

"Being in Manhattan, I've been to all the home games," said Barnett. "I like what I've seen from the team so far. We are strong in some areas and have some we need to improve on. Coming up early has given me a chance to get better acquainted with the coaches and players. I'm staying dedicated in the weight room, and I'm very excited about spring practice."

Both Barnett and West are living in the dorms, although not the athletic dorms. They'll move into those in the January and raring to go when Wildcat spring practice gets underway.

"My goal is to make a name for myself," said Barnett. "I want to be in there fighting for a starting position at free safety. I like how Coach (Hayes) has the secondary playing aggressive and causing a lot of turnovers. With my ball skills I feel like I can contribute in that department. When the ball goes in the air I turn into a receiver."

At Washington, Barnett was an excellent wide receiver with 10 touchdowns in his senior season. On defense he showed big-time playmaking abilities with 100 tackles and nine interceptions.

Barnett was an All-State second-team selection on team that won the Oklahoma 5A state championship. That team featured Issac Bennett, now at Pittsburgh, Derrick Alexander, now at Tulsa, Dillon O'Connor, now at Brown, and Tyler Lockett, Kansas State's second leading receiver this season.

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