Barnes is a Hot Commodity

BUNN, N.C. -- Brandon Barnes didn't have a big season statistically, but after sending out film from his junior year, his recruitment has exploded.

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    "First of all, the schools say I have a lot of potential," Brandon Barnes told Pack Pride. "They are telling me that I can be greater than I am now."

    "They" consists of nearly every national power in America, along with solid regional programs. Brown has almost thirty offers, with high-profile programs such as Southern Cal and Oklahoma in the mix.

    "The latest offers were Southern California, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Maryland," said Barnes. "Those were the latest ones I got in. The first scholarships were NC State and [North] Carolina... I think Virginia Tech too."

    At 6-foot-0 and 180 pounds, Barnes played a variety of positions for Bunn during his junior season. Offensively, Barnes saw significant time at both tailback and wide receiver where he totaled over 800 all-purpose yards and 12 all-purpose touchdowns. He also added two more scores on kick returns.

    Defensively, Barnes played every position in the secondary collecting five interceptions and 77 tackles including 20 stops in their final game.

    His game has been based on making game-changing plays, but now he wants to bring that level of play on every snap in 2007.

    "I want to keep my playmaking ability, but as a senior I'm going to go hard every play and make big plays every game," said Barnes. "That's been my focus. I want to go hard every play."

    That versatility is also appealing to colleges.

    "The thing is I'm versatile so I can play more than one postiion," said Barnes. "I can play running back or wide receiver in college. I just want to play as soon as I can. I'll play defense if they want me to, just as long as I get on the field."|

    On the recruiting front, Barnes has been hesitant to name a top five, but he did state a few teams stick out.

    "It's probably NC State, Clemson, and Auburn recruiting me the hardest right now," he said. "It is the situation with them. They have two good running backs, and they will probably leave early. When I come in I would get to play right away.

    "It's hard to give a top five right now because they all are pretty good schools. I can't really categorize the schools because they all are good, but in the end I feel like NC State and Clemson will be right there. I know NC State is my top in-state school... that's what I think."

    What does Barnes like about the Wolfpack?

    "Like I said earlier, I really like the situation there," he said. "They have great coaches. NC State now has coach Tom O'Brien, and I love coach Swepson, the new running backs coach at NC State. I love his coaching style. He's laid-back, cool, and calm. I like that.

    "I went up for a practice, and I like how they ran it. It was organized, straight, and really together. That stood out to me."

    Barnes plans on camping at NC State and Clemson, and is also planning an unofficial visit to Southern Cal. Distance won't play a major factor in this recruitment.

    "It's early right now, but I don't think distance will matter," he said. "It just depends on how I feel about the college. My dad has his favorites and I think they want me to stay close to home, but he said it was up to me."

    What is Brandon Barnes looking for in a college?

    "I'm looking at the coaching staff and academics," he said. "I want the school to have my major... I probably want to major in computer technology or engineering. I'm also going to look at the environment and the surroundings.

    "I'm going to go with how I feel. I'm just going to go with my heart."

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