June 23, 2010

DE Barnes still wants more offers

One of the things that often separates good players from great players is that the latter are never satisfied and always striving for more.

Such is the case with Deion Barnes, the four-star defensive end from Pennsylvania, both when it comes to improving his own game and improving his offer list.

The 6-foot-5, 220-pound defensive end from Philadelphia (Pa.) Northeast already has an impressive offer list but he isn't satisfied. Barnes recently earned the No. 3 spot on the Rivals.com list of Pennsylvania's top Class of 2011 prospects, and he wants more offers to choose from before he even starts to narrow things down.

"There are more offers coming in so I'm gonna wait for them," Barnes said on Wednesday. "Probably right around the time the season starts I'll narrow it down."

Barnes said Purdue and Duke recently put offers on the table, and he believes Wisconsin might be the next school to send a scholarship his way. He expected an offer from Rutgers but the Scarlet Knights still haven't done that.

The Philadelphia prospect hasn't taken any unofficial visits or camped at schools lately. His last trip was to South Carolina from June 4-6 for a 7-on-7.

"I was just there competing for that," he recalled. "We were playing teams from New Jersey, Philly, Maryland and a bunch of places. We made it to the championship but we lost to Maryland."

It was Barnes' second time at the SEC school, and while he didn't get to spend much time checking out the campus this time around he already knows that South Carolina is a school of interest that will be a factor down the road.

"I enjoy myself down there," he said. "I didn't do too much touring of the school this time. I did talk to the coaches while I was there, but I was basically competing. Then we went out and just had fun. We didn't see much of the school."

Barnes said he would like to take some visits this summer but time would probably not allow that. He said he would still try to make it to Ohio State at some point, though it is a long shot that he would be able to do that over the summer.

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