Whit Barnes is the type of hard nosed, aggressive lineman that Coach Grobe and company love. He is also a winner. Barnes and his teammates at Rocky Mount High School went 28-2 over the past two seasons but fell just short of their state title hopes.
"We were 14-1 this season but lost to West Craven in the semifinals," said Barnes. "Our two fumbles in the red zone hurt against West Craven but overall we had a good year."
Barnes recently played in the Shrine Bowl and according to those in attendance, he had a great showing. "The whole week at the Shrine Bowl was great. The first few days were tough but we went a bit lighter toward the end of the week. I had a great time and it was fun measuring myself against other players that are moving on to play college football. It was also a good time to bond with Quan [Rucker] and Justin [Jackson.] We all got along great and I look forward to having them as teammates."
Barnes started for the North Carolina team but suffered a shoulder injury in the second quarter. "I started the game and was told I was going to play every snap but then I dislocated my shoulder. It is a problem I have had all season. It happened twice during the season and I have been playing with a brace on. I am actually going to Wake and visiting with one of their doctors about it and will probably have surgery to fix it. I have been told the recovery time for the surgery is very short and I am redshirting so it won't be a problem."
While there were plenty of great players at the Shrine Bowl, Barnes noted one that really got his attention. "Spencer Shuey was the best linebacker I played against. He is a great linebacker and I think he is being very under recruited."