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College Football Runs in Robert Barnes’ Blood

Oct 12, 2015 03:05PM ● Published by Dia

His father, Reggie, and uncle, Winfred Tubbs, both starred at Oklahoma and Texas, respectively, before enjoying time in the NFL.

“It’s like I’m on each side of the Red River,” Barnes says with a laugh. “But both have been great influences. My dad has been coaching me since I was six years old. He’s really helped mold me into the player I am now. And my uncle has always been there, too.”

Now, the junior Southlake Carroll safety is looking to follow in their footsteps.

Barnes is one of the state’s most highly touted prospects in the 2017 class and already holds offers from the two aforementioned programs as well as Alabama, Nebraska, Oklahoma State and others.

Baylor is making an early push, but both Oklahoma and Texas will always remain close to his heart.

“My uncle pushes Texas,” Barnes says. “He just tells me that it’s a good school with a great alumni base. My dad loves Oklahoma and jokes about me going there. But both want me to go where I’m happy and comfortable.”

With the season underway, Barnes wanted to put recruiting on the backburner and did just that with his recent decision to follow in his father’s footsteps as a Oklahoma Sooner. Now he can focus on helping Southlake Carroll win a state title.

Barnes started two games at outside linebacker last season and finished his sophomore campaign with 33 tackles and one interception.

The six-foot-three, 185-pounder is transitioning back to his natural position at safety and should be a big impact player on an extremely young Southlake Carroll defense.

“Robert has had a very good spring, summer and camp,” says head coach Hal Wasson. “He’s started some games at outside linebacker and is moving back to his home at safety, so we’re expecting some big things out of him this season.” 

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