Steve Barnett is no stranger to the Wake Forest program. After visiting a month ago to watch a spring practice, Barnett made a return visit to Winston-Salem last weekend for the spring game.
"Man, I really love Wake. The atmosphere, coaches, and players are all great," said Barnett. "What I really like is how down to earth everyone there is. They have had some great seasons recently but they haven't let it get to them. After the scrimmage the players didn't just go back to the locker room. They stayed on the field and met the fans and signed autographs for kids which I thought was real cool."
Barnett got a chance to talk with some of the current Deacon players. "I got to speak with Aaron Curry and Alphonso Smith a bit. They are both real cool and down to earth. I also talked with C.J. Washington a bit about the differences between college ball and high school ball. He told me the college game is a lot more about mental preparation."
The Wake Forest coaches are keeping up with Barnett and have told him they will be seeing him in action very soon. "I talked with Coach Elrod and he told me how excited he was about coming down to watch me this spring. I also spoke with Coach Knorr and he said he was looking forward to seeing me and that he may like to have me as a receiver."
Although he does not have a offer from the Deacs yet, Barnett made it clear Wake is his leader. "Wake is my leader right now. The coaches at Wake are showing me the most interest and they really talk with me on a personal level. I think this spring evaluation will be big for me and I hope I can earn a offer."
Baarnett is anxious to get that offer. "The recruiting process can get very draining. Sometimes it is hard to sort through who is really interested and who is not. I am anxious to get it over with."
Barnett and his Bolles teammates will start spring practice on May 1st and he is eager and ready to show his ability to the coaches.