Barnes talks Nevada offer and Oregon interest

Bakersfield (Calif.) Liberty middle linebacker Krys Barnes discusses his latest offer from Nevada and which Pac-12 program is expressing growing interest in him.

Krys Barnes had himself an exciting Friday. The Liberty middle linebacker picked up his third scholarship offer from Nevada, adding to previous offers from Bosie State and Utah.

“It came as a surprise to me because I didn’t think I was on their radar,” Barnes said of the offer. “They had me call Coach (Lester) Erb and I talked to him for a little bit. We got to know each other and it was a good conversation so, I mean, I’m very blessed to have an offer from Nevada and just go from there.”

The offer should be the first of many as other programs have taken an interest in the 6-foot-2, 215-pound prospect and one of them is Oregon. Outside linebackers coach Erik Chinander established contact with Barnes recently.

“Oregon contacted me, I think, a month or two ago,” Barnes said. “I talked with Coach Chinander for a little bit. I still do. I talked to him at the bowl game and we stay in touch. My head coach actually contacted me the other day and told me that they’re calling around school and asking, like, what kind of person I am on campus and stuff like that.”

Barnes, who averaged 10 tackles per game for Liberty according to MaxPreps.com, said that Chinander has expressed a few qualities in his game that stood out to him and made the junior a target for the Ducks.

“He told me he likes the way I read across the board,” Barnes started. “That I’m aggressive and he likes my size and stuff like that. He said that I’m an all-around player and smart.”

Along with USC, Oregon is a program that is high on Barnes' list of potential offers early on in his recruitment.

“They’ve always been a school that I’ve liked since I was little,” he said of Oregon. “I told coach that too. It’s just a thing that I would like to go there and it is very interesting to me.”

Barnes plans on traveling around to various 7on7 tournaments, starting next month when he’ll travel to Vegas. He said he’ll focus on training for his senior season when he’s not playing in tournaments, but he also indicated that he could possibly visit Oregon during spring practices, as well as Utah and Nevada.

“I don’t have any set dates right now,” he said. “But as time goes on and I keep talking to coaches those dates will come up.”


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