Junior CB Barnes Juggling 11 College Offers, Gears Up for Season
"Robert has worked extremely hard to be a great player and teammate," Wasson said. "He has good size, speed, and range. As with all our player's, we rely on them to focus on having a great season and be the best they can be each day. I'm confident Robert will be that guy."
We caught up with Barnes for a closer look at his college offers and the upcoming season.
Southlake Style: You recently received offers from Texas, Alabama and Baylor – what do you like about each of them?
Robert Barnes: For me, all the schools, they bring the good balance between academics and football. It’s a good bonus. I’ve gotten a really good vibe from those schools. The coaches are good people and look to better your life outside of football, like entering the business world and just after you’re done playing football, to make sure they graduate good men and not just good football players.
SS: How does it feel to attract this much attention with two seasons still left to play?
Barnes: It’s overall a blessing. It hit me fast with the start of summer. When the first one from Oregon State hit, it was a huge blessing for me. Now I have to go out there and prove I should be offered by those schools and that I can live up to those expectations everyone’s looking for me to live up to.
SS: So what other schools have you received offers from aside from Oregon State, Texas, Alabama and Baylor?
Barnes: In total, 11, also including Duke, Iowa, Nebraska, Boston College, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech.
SS: Obi Eboh is the only starter to return from last year’s secondary. Talk about your role this year and what you plan to accomplish.
Barnes: I plan to come in and be the quarterback of the defense. I know I have Obi to help me with the calls, because he’s been there. I was playing outside [line]backer during the playoffs [last year]. I got the feel for what the defense will look like for us to win. My biggest goal is to go out there and basically just try to vocally and physically lead the team and be that playmaker that can jumpstart the defense.
SS: Do you think this team has what it takes to win it all this year?
Barnes: Yessir for sure. We’re young, but we definitely have the talent. Once we get the mental aspect of it down, we definitely have what it takes to win the state championship.
SS: Who is Robert Barnes off the field?
Barnes: Other sports I play are track and basketball. Outside of football it’s basically just hanging out with my friends. Southlake is a great place to live. It’s a small-town atmosphere. Things I want to study [in college], I’m looking at marketing in the business world. I haven’t relaly looked into what I’ll be majoring yet, but that’s the idea I’ve had.
SS: Anything else you’d like to say, people you’d particularly like to thank?
Barnes: I would like to thank my mom and dad for continuing to support me and my coaches for showing me just how to be a Dragon. I hope we have a great season this year. Looking forward to it.