COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Even an unknown (at least in Terps circles to date) tight end from deep in Alabama came to Maryland’s Big Show camp on June 27 with a Terp tie going back many years.
As it turns out, 2016 tight end Noah Barnes, of Auburn High School (Auburn, Ala.), well his father is from Greencastle, Pa., where as a high school quarterback back in the day he threw to former Terps tight end/H-Back Chad Wiestling.
Today, Wiestling is a successful NFL agent -- repping many Terps at that -- while Barnes is hoping for a scholarship from what he described as one of his “dream schools.”
He, too, spent some time back East during his youth, but today the Alabaman flies the Maryland flag and banner at his Auburn home, and follows the Terps’ program religiously.
Barnes (6-4, 225-pounds), who came to Terps camp with four offers including Memphis, reminded us a bit of a poor-man’s Dan Gronkowski, in that he is a big target at 6-4-plus, has decent athleticism and good hands, but isn’t going to blaze a 4.5 40 anytime soon. He caught the ball well in passing drills, and showed solid athleticism and movement.
Barnes’ offer sheet also includes Arkansas State, Troy and Memphis, while Auburn, where his brother attends school, has offered as a preferred walk-on long snapper at this stage. He is a standout and nationally ranked in that discipline.
“I really liked checking out the school, [tight ends] Coach [John] Dunn, and I got a lot of one-on-one work as I was the only tight end here. So I got a lot of work,” Barnes said. “I got to watch film with the coaches of all the tight ends and what not. It was real nice.”
It was Barnes’ first trip to campus, but he said: “If I got offered from them, well this is one of my dream schools . My mom went to Penn State, and is from the area, so I have watched Big Ten football all my life and have loved it.”
Barnes was actually born in Wisconsin, and also lived in Indiana for a few years, during his youth.
“I thought I did well in the one-on-ones today. This was one of my better camps for that,” said Barnes, who runs a 4.75 40.
Barnes has also taken in some long snapping camps this summer.
“I never contacted Maryland or was in touch until now,” Barnes said. “But we decided to come to the camp, here I am, we just flew up. But I just always liked Maryland, the uniforms…and I have a big old Maryland flag hanging up in my garage. The program has come a long way.”
Alabama Tight End Makes Big Show Camp
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