GA Safety Ready to Make His Mark

Fred Barnes

The state of Georgia has had long been a hotbed of talent, and much of that talent has been on the defensive side of the ball. Fred Barnes (Lithonia-M.L. King, GA) is poised to lead his team one step farther in the playoffs this year and he wants to make a name for himself along the way. Scout was able to catch up with the hard-hitting safety at the Georgia Dome to find out the scoop.

The state of Georgia has had long been a hotbed of talent, and much of that talent has been on the defensive side of the ball. Fred Barnes (Lithonia-M.L. King, GA) is poised to lead his team one step farther in the playoffs this year and he wants to make a name for himself along the way.

Scout was able to catch up with Barnes while he was working out at the Dome and find out how things have been going with recruiting and all.

"As far as recruiting is concerned, I have offers from Western Carolina and Miami (Ohio)," an out-of-breath Barnes said. "I have been talking to a few other schools like Middle Tennessee, Memphis and Indiana University."

I have been to the Auburn Camp, the Middle Tennessee Camp, and I am supposed to be going to the Alabama Camp."

Barnes doesn't really have a set Top Seven at this point, but it's only a matter of time until teams really begin taking notice of this big, athletic safety.

After watching him in some of the one-on-ones at the Dome, there is no doubt that he moves well enough in space. He has the body of a safety, the feet of a corner and competes extremely hard in everything that he does.

Add to this how he performs on the field (which is clearly the most important element), and you have the makings of a potential big-time college safety/linebacker.

Barnes and his MLK teammates have a score to settle from last season after being ousted by David Paulsen and the Walton Raiders in the state quarterfinals.

With Barnes and fellow top prospect Joel Kight in charge, consider it done.

Burke Hayes is the Southeastern Regional Manager for Football Recruiting at Scout.

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