Recruiting: Barnes Set For Pair Of Visits

He is one of the top linebacker prospects in the Midwest and after de-committing from that early pledge to Michigan, Jordan Barnes of Homestead High School in Indiana is set for two straight weekends that are likely going to decide his college home. The 6-0, 225-pound speedy defender said he is ready.

"The holidays went well but I'm ready to get on with these visits," said Barnes, who talked about what he is looking for out of his first official visit to Oklahoma State this coming weekend. "I'm looking at comfortability. How the coaches and players get along and how I relate to both the coaches and players.

"I'm looking at everything, facilities, football, academics, and the whole atmosphere," he added.

Barnes is a tremendous prospect at a position where Oklahoma State and Purdue, the other school he plays to visit, are still looking for help in their respective recruiting classes.

Last season Barnes had 75 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, a sack, and an interception in his senior season earning Class 5A All State honors. During his monster junior campaign he had 146 total tackles and 38 tackles for loss.

He is the son of former Purdue standout Roosevelt Barnes, who went on to play four seasons in the NFL with the Detroit Lions. That could give Purdue an advantage.

One of the reasons for his break up with Michigan was a lack of a relationship with his position coach. He has stated that the position coach is really important to him.

When asked about that at Oklahoma State he said, "Coach (Mike) Gundy said he is going to talk to me about that," said Barnes.

Gundy is currently looking for a new defensive coordinator and depending on who he hires, the new coordinator may coach the linebackers or current assistant coach Glenn Spencer could be coaching the linebackers. Spencer, a former head coach at West Georgia, has experience coaching both defensive line and linebackers. Spencer handled the linebackers for the Cowboys in the Holiday Bowl against Oregon.

Barnes makes his official visit to Oklahoma State this weekend, and then will visit Purdue on Jan. 16.

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