Name: Brandon Barnes
Hometown: Bunn, North Carolina
High School: Bunn High School
Notes: Brandon Barnes, a member of the Scout.com National 100 and a versatile athlete for Bunn High, committed to Coach Tom O'Brien on Wednesday according to Bunn head coach David Howle.
"He committed to NC State [on Tuesday]," said Coach Howle. "He came up to me [Monday] and we talked about his options and he said that he was interested in committing to them today. To be honest, that surprised me, because I thought he could wait a while."
With the commitment, Howle believes Barnes chose a place close to home so his family could see him.
"I really think it came down to NC State and Clemson in the end. The thing is, he has a great relationship with Coach O'Brien and (running backs) Coach Swepson. They really did a great job recruiting him."
By making an early verbal, Barnes will now be able to focus on his senior season in which he will be counted on to carry the load.
"Now he doesn't have to worry about going to Virginia Tech one weekend and Clemson the next, he can just go to the NC State games when they are playing at home and be rested up for us."
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."
Scouting Report #1: "Brandon Barnes is one of the top all around prospects I have seen so far among the Class of 2008. Barnes, 6-0 and 180 pounds, plays defensive back, running back and returns kicks for Bunn (N.C.) High School.
"So what side of the ball will he play on at the next level? It's hard to say because he is good enough to play running back or safety in college. Barnes is a tough runner that hits the hole hard. He runs with power and finishes runs with power and authority. Barnes has good speed and looks to have excellent balance, vision and instincts.
"Defensively, he has a nose for the ball. Barnes plays in coverage well and has a sense about where the ball is going to go. He breaks on the ball well too. Barnes is also good in run support. He is aggressive and can find the ball carrier in a hurry. Barnes is also good tackler that can make the big hit and the big play on defense.
"Overall he looks like an outstanding talent." -- Scout.com Recruiting Analyst Jamie Newberg
Scouting Report No. 2: "Excellent eye-hand coordination, runs with power, and explodes through holes. Tremendous vision as a running back, seems to have great overall sense of the game. Expected to be recruited as an athlete, but there is no question in my mind that he is a running back all the way. Appears to be right at the listed 6-foot range, and plays with great leverage for his size. Not a cautious runner, but still feels his way behind his offensive line well and then finds daylight into the next level. Good hands out of the backfield. Impact player." -- Scout.com Recruiting Analyst Miller Safrit
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