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This standout linebacker had an impressive spring jamboree in which he had 12 total tackles. He followed it up with a couple strong summer camp performances at Michigan State and Florida. He talks about the recruiting process and where Miami may fit into his college plans.

At 6-foot-1 and 210 pounds, Miami (Fla.) Norland standout linebacker Antwan Barnes had an impressive spring jamboree in which he had 12 total tackles. He followed it up with a couple strong summer camp performances at Michigan State and Florida.

"I was 203 and 205 at those camps and I ran a 4.62," Barnes said. "I'm 210 now and I think I can get into the 4.5 range. "I just try to find the football."

Having played running back most of his football career, Barnes uses that to his advantage.

"I played running back when I first started and just moved to linebacker recently," he said. "I still play fullback sometimes. Having played running back has helped me on defense."

The standout linebacker, who carries a 2.5 GPA, also competes in wrestling and track. As a junior, he was a state qualifier in the 189-pound weight class. "I hope to win states this year," he said.

Barnes said recruiting hasn't really crossed his mind much since he's been so focused on the season.

"My senior year has been the number one thing on my mind," he said. "We have to take it one game at a time if we want to win a district championship. The recruiting stuff is good and everything but I want to win a district championship first."

Barnes now has three written scholarship offers to go with plenty of other programs that are actively recruiting him.

"Rutgers, Michigan State, and LSU have [offered]," he said. "I like those three plus Cincinnati, Florida, and UM," he said. "I haven't decided on which ones I'll visit or anything like that yet though."

Barnes talked more about the hometown Hurricanes.

"UM's a great school," he said. "They've had a lot of success. I talked to Coach Randy Shannon and he just said how he wanted me and to enjoy my senior season. That's where my focus is right now so I haven't thought much about recruiting yet."

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