Ryan Barnes talks about commitment

Ryan Barnes (6'7, 295) of Carmel, Indiana as a relative unknown when he attended Louisville's Senior Camp earlier this month...

Ryan Barnes, a 6-foot-7, 295-pound offensive lineman, fit's the term ‘hidden gem' in every aspect of the meaning. The Carmel (Ind.) High School prospect took advantage of the invitation to camp at Louisville and succeeded.

Among the more than 100 attendees at Louisville's Senior Camp earlier this month, Barnes arrived as an unknown and with the exception of the invite to camp, had received minimal interest from the Cardinal program.

"They didn't know who I was when I went to their camp," Barnes told InsideTheVille.com on Thursday. "They had to come up to me and ask me my name. They told me that they liked my movement and that I have good feet. My feet and my athleticism are what they liked, but I do need to keep working on my overall strength."

After his solid camp performance, Barnes collected a scholarship offer from the Cardinal program the following day. Fast forward 18 days since the June 10 camp and the one-time unknown prospect has become the latest member of a growing group of pledges for the 2008 recruiting class.

"I really liked the facilities that they have there," Barnes said. "I like the offensive line coach a lot too. Coach Myers is a great guy."

Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana and Purdue also expressed an interest in the Hoosier product.

"My commitment is solid," Barnes said. "I'm actually going down there on (July) 16 for an unofficial visit so I can see more and get to meet some of the players."

Barnes becomes Louisville's third verbal commitment from the high school ranks. Fellow high school prospects, Scout.com four-star tight Ben Cotton and three-star quarterback Tino Sunseri have also committed to the Cardinals.

Junior college offensive linemen Abdul Kuyateh and Charles Millenbah committed to U of L during their official visits last week.

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