Barnes adds first offer

Groesbeck,Texas athlete Matthew Barnes added his first offer last week from Air Force.

Last Friday, Groesbeck, Texas athlete Matthew Barnes finally received the news he had been waiting for what seems like forever; a D-1 offer to play college football.

After receiving strong interest from several programs, Barnes was officially offered by Air Force. The offer came as a surprise and relieved the stress of waiting for the 6-foot-3, 227-pounder.

"It was the greatest feeling in the world to know that a school would actually pay for my entire school to play with them," he said. "I hadn't gotten an offer so I was kind of discouraged; people told me they were going to come next year. I was just happy to get one, it was crazy."

Barnes has seen the Air Force Academy on an unofficial visit and came away impressed with the campus. He also knows they offer an exceptional education and since he comes from a military family, he has no problem serving his country.

"I've been skiing in Aspen and I went by the campus and looked at it and everything and I liked it," Barnes said. "Their education is very good; I think that's the most important thing. I have no problem with the military because my dad (Army) is in the military and so is my brother (Navy)."

Now that he has one offer under his belt more could be on the way. New Mexico and Navy are two programs that Barnes feels could be close to offering.

"Coach DeBesse from New Mexico called, he was telling me that I'm an offer guy for them but they have to evaluate everybody. He's going to let me know this coming week if they're going to offer or not, he's going to be honest with me. I'm hoping an offer comes from them," Barnes said. "I still think Navy is very interested, they may call this week and offer."

Another school that continues to show strong interest is TCU, which visited his school earlier this spring. Barnes plans to attend the Frogs' June 8th mini-camp in Ft. Worth with hopes of garnering a scholarship.

"Coach Jennings came to the school," he said. "He told my coach he wants to get me to camp. Coach Glasgow has called Coach Crane several times asking about me, asking weekly about how I'm doing. They want to get me to camp immediately; they want me to come to two of the mini-camps so they can get a double look at me. They're going to work me out as a slot receiver."

Barnes plans to hit camps at TCU, Texas Tech, Texas, Oklahoma State and Baylor in June.


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