Mark Barnes is one of the premier athletes in the country and it shows through the fact that he has received more than 25 offers so far.
Last season, the 6-3, 195-pound standout from Columbia (S.C.) Richland Northeast recorded 26 catches for 545 yards and five touchdowns. On the flip side of the ball, he picked off five passes, broke up 19 more and tallied more than 80 tackles.
For his efforts, the Scout.com 5-star safety was named to the all-area, all-region and all-state teams.
Barnes said some of the schools
recruiting him include USC, Notre Dame,
"Their offense and defense are both so strong," said the nation's fourth rated safety. "The team really has no weaknesses. Coaching wise, they have to be good to maintain that high level of play.
"I've been an LSU fan since I started watching football. I just liked their talent and the fact that they bring the talent out in their players and create a lot of NFL players."
Barnes said he talked to the LSU coaches at the beginning of the summer and the plan was for him to take an unofficial visit to LSU for a camp. However, he now says that he doesn't plan on attending the LSU camp in July, or any other camps for that matter.
"I'm definitely going to visit," said Barnes. "I'm probably not doing any camps though. I'm going to sort through the different colleges and see my options. I'm probably going to just stay home and keep working out."
Barnes said the last time he talked to LSU linebackers coach Bradley Dale Peveto from LSU, he had just received his offer and he had good things to say.
"Basically he was telling me that I would be able to play wide receiver or free safety," said Barnes. "He said pretty much whatever I felt more comfortable playing. He said he liked my fight and the way I can get to the ball on defense. He said I'm a dependable receiver and he liked how I attack the ball and go get it at its highest point."
Barnes said that early playing time will be a big factor in his decision and that he trusts Peveto.
"He didn't come at me as a character," said Barnes. "He was very personal and really a great guy. He knew what he was talking about and we talked about starting and positions and stuff like that."