Barnes, a 6-foot-4 195-pound wide receiver, is expected to make a decision before Sept. 14, according to Knotts.
"We got some academic work to do, so we want to get this done so we can do our academic work," said Knotts.
Knotts also confirmed that Barnes unofficially visited North Carolina this past weekend with his mother, who will play a major role in his decision.
"She was leaning towards South Carolina and he was leaning towards North Carolina, but his mother liked [the visit to] North Carolina," said Knotts. "I don't know if that means anything, but they haven't made a decision between those two yet."
This weekend, Barnes is expected to make an unofficial visit to one of the two schools – but which one?
"The Carolina coach told me he's going back to Chapel Hill, but I did not ask [Barnes] this morning so I don't know for sure," said Knotts.
For Independence, Barnes is the go-to guy in a pass friendly offense. Last week he helped increase the Patriots nation's longest, active winning streak to 95 games with two touchdown grabs.