Two remain at the top for 5-star Mark Barnes

Mark Barnes of Columbia, South Carolina is rated among the top prospects in the nation regardless of position. A Top 50 prospect, Barnes has the ability to succeed at receiver or safety on the college level. has the latest on the five-star prospect.

Playing both wide receiver and safety at Richland Northeast High School in Columbia, South Carolina, Mark Barnes has become one of the top prospects in the nation. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound athlete, who has collected scholarship offers from all reaches of the country, made an official visit with Louisville in September and has made a number of unofficial visits with nearby South Carolina. While not yet scheduled, Barnes still plans on tripping to Notre Dame and Southern Cal for official visits.

During his official visit with Louisville on September 16, Barnes met and became close friends with a trio of others - Luther Davis, Jamar Jackson and Weslye Saunders - that made similar visits the same weekend. The relationship built between he and Davis during their time in the Derby City is one that continues to strengthen.

"It's like we've become brothers," Barnes said of growing friendship with Davis. "We've been talking for awhile now. We talk about our games and different schools."

Barnes also admits that the two five-star prospects have had the discussion of possibly playing together on the college level.

"We've talked about that a lot, especially after we both visited Louisville," said Barnes. "Right now we are just talking about what all the different schools have and things like that."

Rated as the nation's no. 2 safety prospect, Barnes continues to have two schools at the top of his lengthy list of opportunities.

"Louisville and South Carolina," he said. "Those are the one's basically to beat right now and those two are pretty even. Both of them contribute a lot with my wants and both stay in touch with me to check on how I'm doing and not just playing, but also how I'm doing in the classroom, which is important to me."

Barnes team currently sits with a 4-4 record on the season.

"We're not having the type of season that we thought we were going to have this year," said Barnes. "We're trying to get things going again. We've had a lot of adversity because of injuries that we are trying to get through. I'm doing just about everything that I can and I want to contribute even more on offense. I like a lot of responsibility."

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