Recruiting: Barnes Confirms He's A Cowboy

We finally got the opportunity to talk with linebacker Jordan Barnes of Fort Wayne (Homestead), Ind., and we also spoke with Roosevelt Barnes, his father who is a former All-Big 10 performer at Purdue and five-year NFL defensive end with the Detroit Lions. Both of the Barnes confirmed that Jordan is heading to Oklahoma State.

"I am committed to Oklahoma State, and I am firm. That is where I am going," said the 6-0, 225-pound Jordan Barnes.

"The visit on Friday with OSU went really well. Coach (Bill) Young is a good coach and he is going to do a lot for our defense. I am very comfortable with the coaches and that is a big reason that I am going to Oklahoma State," Barnes said.

"My parents are comfortable with the coaches too. They are all for me going to OSU and I wasn't sure they would be because of how far away it is, but they could see how excited I am and they like the coaches too."

"Yes, I was impressed with the OSU coaches," said Roosevelt Barnes. "I could see that Jordan liked them and I did too. I think he will be happy at Oklahoma State, and I am for him."

Barnes said after he met with Oklahoma State and committed to the Cowboys he also spoke with the Purdue coaches and that caused some indecision. But as he got past all the discussion of Friday he was more and more confident in his decision.

The new All-American edition of SuperPrep Magazinearrived in the mail Monday and Barnes was rated as the 40th-best prospect in the Midwest region that includes Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. That's pretty good and Barnes finished with 73 tackles and four tackles for loss this season after an huge 146 tackles as a junior.

Barnes said he is done and will be signing next week with the Cowboys.

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