Saluda (SC) offensive and defensive lineman Kwamelle Barnes has an offer from South Carolina St. but he's hoping for more.
NC State has been keeping a close eye on Barnes' progression
throughout the 2013 season. The senior lineman was scheduled to
visit for the UNC game but a scheduling conflict prevented that
trip. However, he did visit earlier this year for a Junior Day
and he plans to return to the school on November 23.
"When I was there before I enjoyed meeting all the coaches. That
helped me get to know the school a little better," said Barnes. "I
watched practice a little bit and I liked seeing how the intensity
is," he said.
Barnes said he was not able to see much of the city or the
surrounding area so that's something he might want to do on this
trip if he has time.
Since that earlier visit to the school the coaches have been sending
Barnes pieces of mail about twice per week on a consistent basis.
"I've tried calling them on the phone but I haven't gotten them to
pick up lately. They know I've called. Coach Kitchings is recruiting
me. I believe they have a good coaching staff. They're trying to
recruit the best guys for NC State and build themselves up every
The 6-4, 283 pound senior plays defensive tackle as well as
offensive line at Saluda and is a candidate to get a shot on either
side in college. His size is more like that of a defensive tackle or
offensive guard and that's noteworthy but if he plays at a place
like South Carolina St. he could certainly have the size for
Barnes has visited South Carolina, South Carolina State and
Appalachian State as well and is saying he has interest in all of
those schools. He recently made a highlight tape of his senior
season and is hoping that does the trick and leads to more offers.
Barnes Planning to Visit NC State
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