Sleeper DE Commits

You can't be much more of a sleeper prospect then when your school has never even had a senior class but UofA has landed an intriguing prospect today.

Raymond S. Kellis is a new high school in Glendale, Arizona. They have never had a senior class and are not even listed in the Scout.com database. You can call any player fromthere a sleeper prospect at this point. Well sleeper defensive end Kenny Barnes became their first division-one athlete when he committed to the University of Arizona this morning.

 

Kellis head coach Jason Golden informed Scout.com of the exciting news. He says, "Coach Stoops called at about 11 A.M. and offered Kenny a scholarship. He talked it over with his parents and verbalized it (the commitment) around 12:30 P.M." He adds, "This is where he wanted to go."

 

Golden says that Barnes camped down in Tucson for three days and was impressive; impressive enough to obviously earn an offer.

 

Golden played Barnes at a variety of positions including running back, defensive end, defensive tackle and tight end but played him mainly at DT. He is an impressive athlete. At 6-2 230 pounds Barnes obviously shows that talent, smarts and coachability to play any position asked of him. On top of his talents on the football field he is a standout in track. He ran 11.4 in the hundred meters last year and also placed 2nd in the region in the shotput behind USC's top recruit Everson Griffen.

 

Boise State and Northern Arizona both expressed interest in Barnes, in fact Barnes was named the MVP at NAU's recent linemen competition.

 

We were also able to chat with Barnes about the commitment. Here is that transcript which took place via text message:

 

So why UofA?

 

"I really like the coaching staff and the style of defense they run down there. I just really like the atmosphere and facilities."

 

How does it feel to be the first D1 kid at Kellis?

 

"It's really a big honor. I'm just really happy I can represent my school and show that we are building a good tradition at our school."

 

Will you take any other visits or look at other schools?

 

"Well right now I haven't received any other offers so I'm just going to see what happens and hope to have a good season."


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