Apopka (Fla.) 2018 offensive tackle William Barnes is one of the most highly coveted prospects in the nation. The Scout 100 offensive tackle is approaching up to twenty offers and is still hearing from several others including the Wolverines. On Tuesday, the talented Sunshine State lineman talked with Michigan assistant coach Greg Frey, who gave him some very exciting news.
“I was on the phone with Coach Frey and we were talking about the school and I had to ask if I had an offer from them and he said I did,” Barnes told The Michigan Insider. “That totally brightened up my day! I was waiting for this offer for a while! I've texted him a few times before and we talked about how he's seen my film and loved what he saw.”
Barnes also got to chat with Michigan’s headman Jim Harbaugh, which he was very eager about and left their conversation feeling very impressed by him as well.
“I talked to Jim Harbaugh after I was finished talking with Coach Frey and talking to him was outstanding,” said Barnes. “I like the way he handles recruiting and how he talks to us. He talked about the school I come from and the school he's at now. Getting a chance to talk with Jim Harbaugh was pretty exciting. Definitely see why he's a great coach. I'm not sure what people think about him, but all I know is I like him!”
With an offer now in hand for the 6-foot-4, 291-pounder, his interest has significantly piqued towards the Maize and Blue and hopes to check out campus sometime soon.
“I’m very interested,” said Barnes. “Definitely trying to get up there for a spring practice! I've heard a lot of great things about that school, the campus, the city, and the people! What I want to do is get up there, so I can see everything for myself.”
Barnes currently maintains he has no leaders nor has any top list coming soon, but his latest offer from the Wolverines is one that could shake up his recruitment.
“(The Michigan offer) means I’m definitely moving some schools around a bit, but still going through this recruiting process slowly,” said Barnes.
Looking ahead at his upcoming visit schedule, Barnes will be at Florida State this weekend, North Carolina the next weekend and plans on heading up to spring football practices to Florida, Auburn and North Carolina.