Barnes Talks WFU Verbal

Rocky Mount offensive lineman Whit Barnes made his college choice recently as he chose in-state school Wake Forest. Barnes, a rising senior, is slated to join the Wake Forest program in 2009.

Whit Barnes, a 6'4, 270 pound offensive lineman out of Rocky Mount, North Carolina recently made his college decision. After mulling over offers from Wake Forest, Duke, Western Kentucky, Elon, Western Carolina, and Buffalo, Barnes decided to spend his collegiate career in Winston-Salem.

"A few weeks ago I went to Wake for a visit and when I went up there I was really impressed with the program," Barnes told DeaconSports. "I was really impressed with Coach Russ and Coach Lobo, the offensive line coach. "I got to watch film with Coach Lobo and liked the way he talked. I could tell I would really like playing for him. I also talked to Coach Grobe and everything was great."

With his visit to Winston-Salem, Barnes knew where his home would be for five years at the collegiate level. However, he knows he wouldn't be where he is today without support from his local Rocky Mount community. "First of all, we've got a really, really good coach, D.W. Holt," Barnes noted. "He's been great for us. As a team, the past three years, we've played a team from Burlington, North Carolina, Western Alamance, in the playoff every year and lost. That's been the only obstacle between us and a state title. We've got 18 of 22 starters coming back so we hope to do it this year."

A 6'4, 270 pound center, Barnes has been in the varsity team in each of his first three seasons and has started every game the past two years. Barnes expects to have a great senior season as well though he knows it will require hard work to make a run at the state title. "Right now, I'm just working for my dad, having football practice, and working out."

As a junior, Barnes was 3-A NCPreps All-State, 1st team All-Conference, and 1st team All-Area.

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