April 7, 2009

Barnett Enjoys Baylor Visit

While the Baylor coaches are still chest deep in the 2010 recruiting class, there is still an eye to the future. Baylor has hosted a few sophomores this spring during their junior day and spring practices.

One of the players that made the trip to Waco recently is Dallas (Tx) A. Maceo Smith tight end Chris Barnett. Barnett is widely considered one of the top sophomores in the state of Texas. He primarily lined up at outside linebacker and defensive end last season, but he projects to the other side of the ball in college.

Last weekend the 6-5, 260lb sophomore was one of the stars of the Ft. Worth Nike Camp. He showed great speed and athleticism, and was as fluid in his routes as some of the players 70lbs lighter than him.

"It was good. There was a lot of competition," said Barnett. "It made everyone want to compete and outdo the next person. When you're trying to embarrass someone, then it always makes you look better."

Recently Barnett was able to visit one of the Bears' spring practices to get a better look at the program. The energy and high speed attitude that the Baylor coaches create during practice is what stood out to the 2011 star.

"I got to sit in on their position meetings and watch them talk about their techniques," said Barnett. "They had a lot of intensity, the practice was up tempo, and I thought it was really good. The practice was great. Everything was crisp and clean."

Back in February, Barnett's older brother Eryon Barnett signed as a cornerback with The University of Texas. The younger Barnett has sought out his older brother and other family members for advice about the recruiting process.

"He said it's fun," Barnett said of his older brother. "I've been talking a lot more to my cousin that is the quarterback at Garland. He's been receiving a lot of letters from schools, so I think he might have more advice because he plays offense. I think teams may recruit offensive players differently."

Attending one of Baylor's practices this spring, and a camp last summer, is an easy indicator of Barnett's interest in Baylor. He said Sunday that his interest is very genuine.

"It's coming up," Barnett said about the Baylor football team. "Everyone talks about Baylor not doing anything in the Big 12, but Baylor has a good squad. I'm interested in Baylor."

As a sophomore last season, Barnett was credited with eleven catches for 135 yards and one touchdown, but those stats are likely to go up as he spends more time on offense. The intensity and tempo of the Baylor practices were what interested the young tight end on his visit, so understandably that's what he's looking for in the team he'd like to play for.

"I'm looking for a school with good tradition and competition," said Barnett. "I like teams that have a lot of fire. When they practice, they look like they're actually playing a game. You practice how you play, so I like a team that does that."

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