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Breaking Down Oklahoma Signee Robert Barnes

Scout and take a closer look at Oklahoma signee Robert Barnes, a national top 50 overall prospect.

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Robert Barnes, Safety, Southlake (Texas) Carroll

Size: 6-2, 190

Recruiting: Barnes is a Sooner legacy and committed way back in Sept. 2015 to Oklahoma. The Sooners beat out myriad programs, including Alabama, Colorado, Missouri, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas Tech, and USC, among others.

Rankings: Scout ranks Barnes as the No. 1 safety in the state of Texas and the No. 46 overall prospect in the 2017 Scout 300. Barnes is the nation's No. 5 safety prospect in this cycle.


2016: Barnes' senior season was cut short because of a leg injury, but he still managed to register 26 catches for 428 yards and four touchdowns on offense, while making 41 tackles, one forced fumble, and two pass breakups from his safety spot.

2015: Barnes enjoyed a breakout junior season as he recorded 101 tackles, one tackle for loss, one INT, one forced fumble, and seven pass breakups.

2014: Barnes' debut came as a sophomore, when he notched 33 tackles, two tackles for loss, and one interception.

NOTE: Barnes is the son of former Oklahoma linebacker Reggie Barnes.

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Evaluation notes

Barnes is a tall, physical safety prospect who possesses skills that translate to both free and strong safety.

Great frame potential thanks to a tall, long build that can carry plenty more bulk. Built more like a receiver for now, but should fill out to a very big safety in college. Smart player who keeps everything in front of him and rarely overpursues.

Consistent tackler in both wrap-and-drag and big-hitting abilities. Height/length somewhat restrict short-area agility and burst, but a high-major safety prospect with a ton of potential. - Gabe Brooks

  • Frame
  • Coverage awareness
  • Tackling ability

Areas to Improve
  • Burst of breaks
  • Recovery ability

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