2009 Prospect Intro: Jahleel Barnes

Quick and strong defensive line prospects are always high priorities in recruiting classes. One of the better interior defensive linemen in the state of Washington this coming fall will be Jackson DT Jahleel Barnes and Dawgman.com caught up with the playmaking defender recently and he talked about his junior season as well as recruiting.

"We had a tough season, but we were really young last year," Barnes said after a workout at the Dempsey Indoor Facility with other Greg Barton line camp participants. "I played mainly at defensive tackle and that's where teams are looking at me right now."

Barnes visited Washington a few weeks back for their Junior Day and said he came away impressed.

"I like Washington," Barnes said. "They're a good school and really close to home.

"I got to meet the coaches and talk to them and we saw a good basketball game. Really, it was just about getting to know the coaches and seeing the facilities."

Barnes is also hearing from schools like Boise State, Idaho, Washington State, Oregon State and Oregon.

"It's all pretty early," Barnes said. "My coaches said things will pick up in the spring and during the summer. I'm just focused on getting bigger and stronger for my senior season because I really want to get us to the playoffs and I think we have some really talented players to take us there."

Barnes goes 6-3, 270 pounds and his quick first step is what really sets him apart from other defenders.

"That's why we're out here," Barnes said. "I want to work on my skills and what I can do. Working on my technique is important to being the best player I can be and that's what these camps do for us."

He posted over 50 tackles, six sacks and four forced fumbles.

We'll continue to follow his progress over the next few months as the spring evaluation period gets underway.

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