Barnes Enjoys Great Senior Season

Although Whit Barnes and his teammates at Rocky Mount High School fell just short of their goal this season, all was not bad. Barnes and his teammates went 14-1 this season and Barnes was selected to play for the North Carolina Shrine Bowl team. DeaconSports spoke with Barnes about his season and the week he spent at the Shrine Bowl.

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."


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