The 6' 3", 190-pound receiver has been by Ole Miss a few times in the past but hoped to get a better feel for the offense Saturday.
"I want to see them in a game setting," Barnes said before the spring game kicked off. "I want to see if they've been working on the things their coaches have been telling me. They've been working hard. I want to see what the spring game is going to look like."
Barnes got a feel for the Ole Miss campus when he visited for a couple games back in the fall.
"It's an exciting place and a place where they take academics first. They want to groom the player and groom them to the best athlete they can be."
What stands out about Ole Miss to this point?
"It would have to be their environment and the way they go about their business and just the overall school. I just like it at Ole Miss."
Who else is in the picture right now?
"Mississippi State, Louisville, Memphis, La Tech, Missouri, Alabama, Auburn,
and Tennessee. MSU, Ole Miss, La Tech, Memphis and Louisville have offered me to this
Mississippi State is another program he is familiar with.
"It's kind of the same as Ole Miss. Being from the Metro (of Jackson), being close to MSU and Ole Miss, you kind of got a feeling for it already. It's really the same as Ole Miss."
Are there any differences between the in-state rivals?
Any differences in the offenses between the two schools?
"Probably at Ole Miss it is more of an air-it-out offense. I will probably be lined up at slot some and out wide some. At MSU I'll be just out wide and on the one receiver side. They basically run a balanced run and pass offense. It's not as wide open as Ole Miss' but they have a good offense."
Where does the All-Metro selection visit next?
"I'm probably going to visit Alabama and LSU."
Barnes had close to 1,300 yards receiving as a junior.
Yancy Porter is the Mississippi Scout for Scout.com and he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org