UNC Scouting Indy Receiver

Last season North Carolina was a few steps ahead of their peers in extending a scholarship offer to Hakeem Nicks, who was – at the time – an unproven wide receiver with a lot of raw talent. For the 2007, the UNC coaching staff appears on the verge of doing the same with Jason Barnes, a 6-foot-4, 170-pound wideout from powerful Charlotte Independence.

"[Coach Dave Brock] came to a practice two days ago," Barnes told Inside Carolina on Wednesday. "I did pretty good out there, I didn't drop the ball."

South Carolina has already offered Barnes, while North Carolina is among the schools close to following suit, he said.

Barnes said he talked in-depth with Brock about his recruitment.

"He tells me that they have a new offensive coordinator and they plan on throwing the ball," said Barnes. "And they want me to come up there."

Further emphasizing Brock's words is a close friend of Barnes.'

"Nicks, he tells me a lot about North Carolina," said Barnes. "He is one of the ones telling me that they are going to start throwing it and that I can get a position early. He said they show a lot of love to the offensive players. Nicks has always been trying to persuade me to North Carolina."

The change in offensive system – as well as a few other things – has caught Barnes' eye as he currently list North Carolina, along with South Carolina, as his co-leaders.

"I really like that they are going to start throwing it," said Barnes. "Also, I'd like to play with Hakeem, again. They are real close [to home], and I liked North Carolina growing up as a kid."

For his senior season, Barnes hopes to continue the legacy of wide receivers that have come out of Charlotte (N.C.) Independence, which has included Georgia's Mario Raley and Mohammed Massaquoi, and Nicks.

"I've been waiting to be in this position since 9th grade. I've been working real hard to get to this spot."

During his junior season at Charlotte (N.C.) Independence, Barnes caught 30 passes for 300 yards despite playing behind two senior wide receivers including Nicks.

Barnes is planning to unofficially visit Chapel Hill on June 2, and he said he might attend the Tar Heels' summer camp on June 10.

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