Barnes' Commitment in Michigan Strengthened

Jordan Barnes was in the stands for Michigan's recent loss to Illinois. A Wolverine commitment since June, the Fort Wayne product says the struggles the maize and blue have faced in this year of transition have not affected his decision. In fact, he has been given reassurance that he made the right choice.

Next season, Jordan Barnes will trade in Fort Wayne Homestead's blue and yellow uniforms for slightly darker shades of those colors. A Michigan commitment, Barnes is also hoping the winning ways he is experiencing this year will continue at the next level.

"My season is going real good," he said, "I'm leading the team in tackles and we're 8-1 right now. The playoffs start in two weeks."

Barnes says his status, a commitment to a BCS school, has upped the intensity of each game as he knows he cannot take any plays off.

"I think I have a target on my back," he admitted, "Other teams know I'm committed to Michigan and they game plan to try to stop me."

While he has not yet taken his official visit to Ann Arbor, Barnes came up for the team's game against Illinois and although the Wolverines did not come away with a win on that day, he still enjoyed his trip.

"I love it there," he said, "it is a good fit for me. I love the atmosphere, the fans are real loyal and the stadium's crazy, I can't wait to play there."

Despite his verbal commitment, other schools have still been in contact with the 6'0, 225-lb linebacker, in an attempt to sway him before Signing Day.

"There are other teams coming at me hard. It has been obvious that they're coming at me in a way that, Michigan's struggling a little bit. No one's talked to me about the struggles and the losses in that aspect, it's been more indirectly."

Still, Barnes maintains the Wolverines and their faithful have no reason to worry about him.

"It hasn't affected me at all," he said of this season, "it has shown me there is more reason for me to still go there. They need some places to improve. They have a great inside linebacker, Obi Ezeh, but they still could use some help on the defensive side and if anything, it makes me want to be there more."

Barnes and Homestead take on New Haven this Friday and begin the state playoffs with a sectionals contest against Fort Wayne Snider next week.

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