Barnes Has an Offer

Barnes Has an Offer

Sterling (Ill.) Newman Central Catholic junior Jacob Barnes can play on either line and has one scholarship offer currently with many other programs showing interest.

Sterling Newman Central Catholic's Jacob Barnes was an All-State selection on both sides of the ball this season, and the 6-foot-3, 265-pound junior is looking to take the next step in his recruitment after getting it off to a good start.

"It was a pretty busy summer and fall for me," he said. "Akron offered this summer, they liked me at center even though I have never played that position before."

In-state Illinois is a program Barnes has heard from and visited, and will see them again soon.

"I went Illinois for a visit and a coach came to see me at my school. I'm going down for junior day in early February. They really like me for D-line, which is my favorite."

The SEC is also interested.

"I was being recruited by Vanderbilt and we had a great time on a visit down there. But I'm not sure what's going on now that Coach Franklin is gone."

In addition to those programs, there are a handful of others he is reporting interest from.

"Iowa visited my school and I'm hoping to set up a visit with them soon. We have a friend that knows some of the coaches at Northern Illinois and they say they are interested, but I haven't heard from them yet. I visited Purdue for a game as well. Ohio and Kansas State asked me to come to a game, but we were in playoffs at that time."

In addition to his All-State honors, Barnes also made All-Conference and All-Area. He has also participated on the varsity basketball team and track and field.

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