Barnes stands 6' 3" goes 214 pounds, and is a linebacker by trade. As a junior, Barnes played fullback and in one game against Nutley he registered 5 carries for 30 yards and 1 touchdown. He also saw time at the tight end position where he was used mostly as a blocker and was only able to amass 8 receptions on offense.
Barnes knows where his bread is buttered. On defense, Barnes recorded 70 tackles, amassed 10 sacks, picked up 2 fumble recoveries, and had 1 forced fumble from the linebacker position. Due to injuries on the DL, Barnes was forced to play some defensive end and he would welcome the challenge of playing the position in college.
Barnes has a bench press of 240lbs and squats around 500lbs to go along with his 4.65 forty yard dash. During the summer, he anticipates increasing on these numbers.
Growing up Barnes idolized Ray Lewis and patterns his game after the one-time great. Although Barnes loves Lewis' style of play, his childhood favorite team were the Hokies of Virginia Tech. The Hokies do not appear to be an option for his services at this time, however. Barnes' list consists of teams that have already showed interest in him. Some of these schools include Rutgers, the local team he would love to represent, and the program that in Barnes' eyes appears headed for the right direction. The next two on the list hail from the Big Ten conference. One is Iowa because of their great linebacker tradition. The other is Michigan State, who have visited his high school and from who he liked everything that was said to him. Finally, there is Connecticut who he likes because of their proximity to home.
Barnes hopes to lead what is a veteran team to the state championship this year. Along with his normal workout, Barnes will be playing lacrosse during his senior year in hopes of improving his footwork. Although he will be taking up lacrosse, he will be giving up basketball,where he averaged a double/double, in order to also focus on football. These changes are in an effort to get the taste of a 6-4 record out of his mind and play at a much higher level of football.