One school has edged out in front for 6-3, 195-pound WR/DB Mark Barnes , a four-star recruit out of Richland Northeast High School in Columbia (S.C.). Barnes discusses which program is out in front, if he has heard from Virginia Tech in the early part of September and how his senior season has gone so far.
Despite South Carolina being the hometown school, Coach Steve Spurrier and company are not currently out in front.
“Right now, if anything, I feel Louisville might have taken a little lead,” Barnes said. “They have been there the whole time and there hasn’t been a weakness in their recruiting. I feel comfortable after talking to them and meeting them. As a matter of fact, I just set an official visit there for next week’s game.”
USC isn’t far behind, though.
“USC is right there with Louisville,” Barnes said. “Like Louisville, I feel that if I went to USC then I’d be real comfortable.”
So far in September, Barnes says he has heard primarily from Louisville. In fact, he heard from the Louisville staff following Sunday night’s win. As far as Virginia Tech goes, it seems the Hokies, with 23 commitments already in the fold, are not putting the full court press on at the moment.
“I haven’t heard anything from them yet,” Barnes said of Virginia Tech’s contact thus far in September. “I do think they are still recruiting me heavily. I get a mix of handwritten letters and letters about the school. I heard Tyrod Taylor may take a visit there later this month, so that’s something I’m taking into consideration.”
Barnes does not plan on making a decision soon, as he says “I feel I still might make my decision after the season.”
Richland Northeast is 2-0 on the year and it has one each of its first two games in dominating fashion. Barnes, who had a 30-yard touchdown reception in the last game, feels he has improved since last season.
“I feel that I came out in both games and basically went through my routine, but a lot better,” Barnes said. “I feel like I’m a lot more mobile on the field. I have more responsibility out there. I really think I’ll have a better season this year as long as everything goes as planned.”
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