South Carolina's Best Plans to Camp at LSU

Mark Barnes is one of the top two-way performers in the country and he plans on camping at LSU this summer.

Mark Barnes

Grant Alexander


Mark Barnes is one of South Carolina's top wide receivers, and he plans to stay that way.


"I don't really have a lot of free time, but when I do, I'm usually working out or trying to get better at football," said the 6-3, 190-pound receiver. "I just want to stay in shape for football."


Last season for Richland Northeast High School, Barnes pulled down 25 balls for 545 yards (21.8 yards-per-catch). He also hit pay dirt five times. His achievements garnered him all-state, all-area and all-region honors.


Barnes is a two-way standout on both sides of the ball and coaches have also asked him to consider playing safety.


"The coaches have pretty much told me I'll be able to pick between playing free safety or wide receiver," said Barnes, who also made 80 tackles to go with five interceptions and twelve pass breakups in his junior year.


"It really wouldn't matter to me but I'm pretty sure I'll be playing wide receiver at the next level. I like playing wide receiver because I'm able to control the game, basically."


The Palmetto State talent claims over 30 scholarship offers up to this point, including one from Les Miles and the Tigers that he has been sitting in on for quite some time.


Barnes claimed he didn't have a favorite school right now but said LSU has always been a team he has followed.


"Everybody's pretty much on the same level. LSU has always been at the top of my list," Barnes said. "Ever since I was a kid I've followed LSU and everything."


Barnes said he will begin visiting schools next weekend and will be attending camps throughout the summer.


"I'm going to the Florida Nike camp, South Carolina, Louisville, LSU, Maryland and Georgia Tech," he said. "I'm going to try to make it to as many camps as I can."


The multi-talented Barnes also runs track and plays basketball.


"I'm thinking about playing basketball again this year, to help me stay in shape for football," Barnes said.


Barnes said his grades have been good this year.


"I'm taking the SAT June 3 and the ACT June 10," he said. "Eligibility will not be a problem."


Note: To see why Mark Barnes is one of the top players in the country check out his highlights below.



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