Freddie Barnes Looking for a Home

There are quarterbacks in the Midwest that are bigger and some that are faster and probably more with a stronger arm but <b>Freddie Barnes</b> is the total package and he's going to make someone very happy on signing day.

Freddie Barnes, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound quarterback from Flossmoor (Ill.) Homewood-Flossmoor just might be the best quarterback in the Midwest without a scholarship offer.

Barnes will be a three-year varsity starter in 2004. As a junior, he threw for 975 yards and 17 touchdowns. He also went head-to-head with Iowa commitment Jake Christensen and won that battle.

Barnes doesn't have overwhelming arm strength but he does have a D-1 arm and what he lacks in arm strength, he makes up for in athleticism, accuracy and leadership.

Barnes doesn't have any offers yet but before the 2004 season is over he should have plenty of options.

"I camped at Kentucky and Northwestern this summer," Barnes said. "I really like Northwestern a lot. Their offense is suited for my game and we're putting a lot of their offense in at my high school this year.

"I also like Miami (Ohio) and Kentucky. Another school that's high on my list is Indiana. Indiana is rebuilding right now but they should be on track by the time I get there. Northern Illinois would also be one of my favorites.

"I don't have a leader right now. I'm going to keep my options open and listen to everyone who's interested in me."

Barnes wasn't included in the July Midwest "Hot 100" but he is a 3-star prospect that will be included in the August "Hot 100".

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