"I went to Ole Miss the weekend before last and MSU last weekend," Barnes said. "I didn't get hear everything that everybody else got to hear and see at Ole Miss because I had a hoops game that night, but I'd already been up there a few times before so I was already pretty familiar with their campus."
How did the trip to Ole Miss go for the 6A first team All-State selection?
"Great. I got to talk to my position coach and their offensive coordinator. They showed me some film on how I'd be utilized in their offense. It was exciting to learn about their concepts for me. I've grown up watching Ole Miss. Them and Florida have always been the schools I watched growing up. I didn't have any concerns about the environment up there. I already loved it up there. I just wanted learn more about their academics on this trip and how they will push me as a student, and I got my answers. We went over to the Fed Ex center and I met all of their academic support staff. They showed me how I would be managed with my tutors. They are going to put me in the position to succeed academically. Now I just have to go do it."
What impressed the 6' 3", 190-pound receiver the most about Ole Miss?
"I'd have to say the way their staff handles their business and how they treated me, my brother, sister, and little niece. I feel like it is a place I can work on my craft so I can hopefully get to the next level.
Barnes talks about the MSU trip.
"It was pretty much the same thing. The biggest question was about their prestigious Engineering program. That is what I want to major in. I wanted to know if I was going to be able to have the time to major in a program like Engineering while also playing football, and they said that I could handle it. I could see myself at either school, but I have another year left of playing high school football. I will make that choice after my senior season."
What stood out the most about State?
"I would have to say their strength and conditioning program. They showed us pics of Dak Prescott his freshman season to what he looks like now. It is a big change. I like how much time they put in their strength and conditioning program."
Both in-state programs have offered and a couple out of state colleges are getting close too.
"Auburn and Missouri have been on me really hard too. They are sending and contacting me the most out of the out of state schools. I will probably go to their camps this summer and take a look around."
Keenan had 76 catches a school record 1, 227 receiving yards last season to go along with 12 touchdowns.
"I think I did what I was suppose to do, but that is not all I can do. I just did what people expected of me. I was more of a playmaker this year than last. I was that X factor. I just wanted to go out there and win the game and will my team to a victory. Next year I am hoping to get even bigger and stronger and faster. I know I will be playing safety a lot next season too. That will be like the old days. I have not played safety since my freshman season. I will still be playing on offense too. They are just going to play me both ways. There will be more responsibilities on my shoulder."
The All-Metro selection believes he brings a lot to the defense too.
"I like to hit. I have always had a defensive mentality. I played some defense in the playoffs this year, but I have not played it regularly since 9th grade. I love playing defense. I just have that defensive mentality."
Yancy Porter is the Mississippi Scout for Scout.com and he can be reached at email@example.com