Recruiting: Barnes Has A Tough Decision

Linebacker Jordan Barnes of Fort Wayne (Homestead), Ind., returned home from Purdue this weekend feeling like he has a tough decision to make in deciding between the Boilermakers and Oklahoma State, where he visited on Jan. 9. But he also mentioned a surprise.

"I have a tough decision to make and they are both good schools," said Barnes of OSU and Purdue. "I also have heard from Auburn and I may visit there. It won't be this week. I need a break, but the next week I may visit Auburn."

Surprise, surprise as many of the Cowboy recruits have heard from Auburn since assistant coaches Curtis Luper and Trooper Taylor left to go work on new head coach Gene Chizik's staff.

The talented linebacker had been committed to Michigan early, but last fall decided he didn't want to attend Michigan and opened up his recruitment again. Barnes said following his weekend visit to Purdue it is really down to the two schools he has visited the last two weeks, OSU and Purdue. He has a lukewarm timetable for his decision process.

"Call me back toward the end of the month," said Barnes. "Sometime around the 29th (January) and I'll be closer to a decision."

Barnes is also waiting to see who will be running the Oklahoma State defense next season. After what Barnes called a very good visit to Stillwater, he is anxious to know who the Cowboys' defensive coordinator will be and he is expecting to hear more when he gets a visit from the Cowboys coaches later this week.

As for his visit to Purdue and West Lafayette this weekend, he said it went well.

"I came in on Friday and got to check into the hotel and then we had lunch," started Barnes. "I had a chance to talk to the coaches and then my host was Monroe Brooks and we went out Friday night.

"Saturday was a full day as we did a lot of academic stuff and had a chance to really walk around and tour the campus. There was more time with the coaches and I had a meeting with Coach Hagan. I went out again with Monroe Brooks. On Sunday it was breakfast and then a meeting with Coach Hope. It was a good visit and I had a chance to meet the players and coaches."

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. His dad was not on his official visit to OSU, and something that needs to happen is for Roosevelt Barnes to meet the OSU coaches.

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