Recruiting: Barnes Calls Visit 'Great'

It is understandable that observers would think that Oklahoma State would be the underdog in recruiting linebacker Jordan Barnes of Fort Wayne (Homestead), Ind. The 6-0, 225-pound de-committed from Michigan earlier this fall and now it is down to Oklahoma State, where the Class 5A All-State linebacker visited this past weekend, or Purdue where he will visit this next weekend.

Barnes father, Roosevelt, was an All-Big 10 performer at defensive end for the Boilermakers before going on to play five years in the NFL with the Detroit Lions.

You can see the points look to be in Purdue's favor with geography and his father having played on the West Lafayette, Ind., campus. However, from what Jordan says about the trip he and his mother made to Stillwater, Purdue will have to work hard.

"It went great. Really great. Everything about it," said Barnes of the visit. "My mom was there. My dad couldn't make it because he was in Tampa. Coach (Joe) DeForest showed me around and then all the coaches jumped in and different coaches took me around to different places on campus.

"Jeremiah Price was my player host and we got along great. The basketball game was great. It was the atmosphere. I have never seen anything like it and I'd never seen that much orange in my entire life."

In the end, despite all the new facilities that Barnes got to see in the stadium, it was Mike Gundy and the Cowboys coaching staff that made the biggest impression on him.

"Yes, it was the coaches that really stood out," added Barnes. "They were all really cool and I felt like I connected with each one of them. That was really important. Coach Gundy told me that they were going to hire a defensive coordinator in a couple of days and one of the first things they would do is fly him out here, so I could meet him and we could get to know each other."

This weekend Barnes will travel much closer going down the road to Purdue. The question is can the Boilermakers make the same or better impression on Barnes. He confirmed once again in our conversation that it has come down to Oklahoma State and Purdue for his services in college.

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