May 19, 2010

Georgia and others offer DE Barnes

Deion Barnes is still picking up offers at a pretty rapid rate and one of the Southeastern Conference's top programs is one of the most recent to jump into the fray.

South Carolina offered Barnes earlier in the recruiting process, becoming the first SEC school to do so. Now another is in the mix and could be a player down the road.

Georgia, along with Minnesota, Temple and West Virginia, has put an offer on the table to the 6-foot-5, 220-pound defensive end from Philadelphia (Pa.) Northeast.

Apparently distance wouldn't be a factor in his decision, but it might be a factor in visits for the time being.

"I have no problem going that far," he said of Georgia. "As long as I'm comfortable. I want to play for the best school academically and at a place where I can showcase myself. That's what I'm looking for. I don't mind going a long way.

"I just don't know about visits. I mean, I'll try but most likely I'll wait for officials. I'm not going to be doing any camps. I just want to focus on my season. I won't be doing any more showcases or things like that."

Barnes said he will eventually narrow his list down to five prior to taking his official visits but he said he is nowhere near ready to do that yet.

"I'm waiting for more offers to come in," he explained. "Coaches are still coming. I don't want to make any decisions and then regret it."

The rising senior from Philadelphia said college coaches have been coming by his school every day. Most recently coaches from Michigan State and UConn have come by.

He also admitted that he is keeping a close eye on several schools that haven't offered.

"I'm waiting for Ohio State, Miami and Florida," he said.

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