Barnett Has Sights Set on Camp

Marlion Barnett, the 6-2, 220-pound "athlete" from Corona (Calif.) Santiago, has put together a few good showings this spring, and it's paid off in recruiting. But this weekend he's looking forward to a camp he says is a big one for him...

Corona (Calif.) Santiago tight end Marlion Barnett (6-2, 220) had a good showing last Saturday at the Under Armour/Scout.com Combine in Los Angeles.

Barnett earned all-combine second team honors, and jumped 36-inches and ran a 4.25 shuttle time, numbers he was pleased with.

But it's a camp this Saturday he's looking anticipating more.

"I'm going to be at UCLA on Saturday for their 1-Day Camp, and we'll see what happens, but I feel like if I do well there, I could get an offer," said Barnett.

The interest from UCLA has begun to pick up with Barnett, something he's thrilled about.

"I talked with Coach (Wayne) Moses last Wednesday and he said that they moved me on their board from tight end to athlete, because they can see me playing more positions," said Barnett. "So now I just have to go out there and perform."

Barnett has said that UCLA is a school he'd have a hard time turning down if an offer came, becoming a big fan of the Bruins while his teammate Anthony Dye committed to them a year ago.

But he's not limiting himself to UCLA, and that possibility.

"UNLV actually told me last Thursday that they were offering me as a tight end," said Barnett. "And Minnesota had offered me as a tight end, too."

He's also planning on going to at least two other camps later this spring. "I'm going to Oregon and to Oregon State's camps as well," said Barnett.

Though UNLV and Minnesota have offered, Barnett said his top five includes four other Pac-10 schools and a WAC program.

"My top five are UCLA, Cal, Oregon State, Boise State and Washington," said Barnett.

Despite the "athlete" label, Barnett said offense is where his heart is. "I love playing offense," said Barnett. "I really love hitting and playing defense and I'll play wherever they put me. But I'd probably like to play tight end or receiver."

Barnett carries a 3.3 GPA and achieved a qualifying score on the SAT.

During his 2007 junior season, Barnett helped the Sharks to the CIF-SS Inland Division Finals with 30 receptions for 400 yards and two touchdowns. He said his yards after the catch average was 13.5.


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