Name: Brandon Barnes
Hometown: Bunn, North Carolina
High School: Bunn High School
Notes: Regarded by some as the top player in the state of North Carolina, Barnes committed to NC State last summer. The four-star prospect chose the Wolfpack over offers from Southern Cal, Florida, North Carolina, Clemson, Virginia Tech, and Auburn among others.
A two-way talent, Barnes could play wide receiver, tailback, or safety on the next level. During his career at Bunn, he started at safety and split time at wingback and wide receiver while on the offensive side of the ball.
He finished his high school career starting at safety for North Carolina in the 2007 Shrine Bowl and playing tailback in the inaugural Under Armour All-American Game.
Barnes is rated the No. 14 safety in the country by Scout.com, and ESPN.com has tabbed him the No. 8 overall athlete in America.
He is expected to start his career in Raleigh at tailback.
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
Sr. Film - RB/WR #5 Brandon Barnes -
Sr. Film - S #5 Brandon Barnes -
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