Chris Barnett, the 6'6" 249 pound tight end from Hurst (TX), committed to Arkansas early in his recruiting process, but recently decided that he wanted to take a few visits to be sure. In the last recruiting weekend, he took in Ann Arbor and the Michigan Wolverines.
"It was fun," Barnett told GoBlueWolverine. "The first time we got there,
we went to Schembechler Hall and took a mini-tour and talked to some of the
coaches because we were the first ones there. After that we had dinner at
the Big House, so that was really exciting. We went down on the field and
it was full of snow but they had the "M" uncovered and that was really,
really exciting. Then we left there and hung out with our hosts. Like I
had a host, but we were always with a lot of people. I was with Devin Gardner, Patrick Omameh, Junior Hemingway and a few other guys. When we got
back Saturday, it was the academic meetings and the tour of the campus and
position meetings and stuff. It was really getting into what it's like to
be at Michigan. On Sunday we met with the coaches."
Even as a soft-commitment to Arkansas, Barnett is definitely thinking about
the Wolverines and what they have to offer.
"Yeah, I'm thinking about them. If I wasn't, I wouldn't have taken the
visit. I just got back so I haven't really had any time to think about it
and really weigh my pro's and con's. It was a really great trip and I had
a great time."
Barnett also spent a lot of his visit talking to the coaches about their
plans for him should he choose to don the Maize and Blue.
"The coaches before they started talking about, they talked about what they
want out of their players and what they want from everybody. They have a
three strike rule and they have a lot of structure for their athletic
program. You kind of want that off the field and in the classroom. But
talking to the coaches, they only have two tight ends on the depth chart and
one they just moved back from defensive end, so they were like ‘You're going
to play if you're ready.' They have multiple tight end sets and the tight
end is a primary receiver when they were at San Diego State and they want to
bring that here. It looks good if you play tight end."
Barnett, Scout.com's no. 16 rated tight end, also got a chance to hang out
with members of the team and other prospects that were on a visit as
"Out of the people I was hanging out with, I was the only one not committed
to Michigan. We were at one of the houses with a bunch of guys on the team
playing Xbox and just chilling and one of the guys asked if I was a recruit,
and I was like yeah, and he goes you committed to Michigan? Kevin Koger
goes guess what, he's committed to Arkansas so they gave me a hard time the
whole weekend (laughing)."
One of those recruits he was spending time with was Antonio Poole, one of
the newest members of Michigan's recruiting class, who was also with Barnett
last week when they both tripped to Miami (FL).
"We talked about it and he told me why he decided to go to Michigan after
the Miami visit. We kicked it Miami too and we were doing the same at
Michigan. He told me a lot of the things about how he felt about the
program and why he decided to go there."
Recruiting fans of the teams still in the running will have to wait a few
days past signing day to know of Barnett's plans.
"I'm planning on signing Friday or Saturday."
Stay tuned to GoBlueWolverine for my coverage on Barnett.
Chris Barnett Talks Michigan
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