May 2, 2009

Star 2011 prospect has an eye on many

Some guys are just hard to miss. Dallas (Texas) A. Maceo Smith tight end/defensive end Chris Barnett is one of those guys.

At 6-5, 260 pounds Barnett is agile, has great hands, quick feet, and on the football field could find a home at several positions.

Throw in his football pedigree - he comes from a long line of football coaches, and college prospects - and you have the kind of cocktail that makes college coaches salivate. Already college programs are eyeballing the 2011 prospect, and when his time comes he will have his pick of college programs.

Barnett has been making the rounds this summer, visiting Baylor, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma St. and more trips are in the works.

"We're going to be at Kansas on the 16th," said Barnett. "In the summer we're going to Oregon, Miami, and Tallahassee (Florida St.)."

Also planning to make the trip up to Lawrence with Barnett are LaDarrell McNeil, Anthony Wallace, Jatashun Beachum, and Brandon Jackson.

Barnett's brother Eryon Barnett signed with Texas in February, and friend and teammate Jatashun Beachum is receiving interest from many of college football's most prestigious programs. According to Chris Barnett, watching his brother and friend go through the process has been helpful.

"I just watch what they do, and whatever mistakes they made. I learn from that and the good stuff I try to copy that," said Barnett.

While the process is still in its early stages, there is one program he has followed for some time now.

"Miami, they work hard, they've got a lot of tradition, and they're football team prepares you to get to the league," said Barnett.

Outside of his trips to college campuses Barnett also participated at the Nike Camp.

"It was fun," said Barnett. "I felt honored being able to compete against some of the best football players in the class of 2010."

The A.Maceo Smith standout is preparing to play tight end, defensive end, and maybe some outside linebacker in 2009.

"It's going good. It's a lot of hard work," said Barnett. "We're competing with each other and trying to make each other better."

"I'm just working hard," he added.

As a sophomore Barnett was named 11-4A sophomore of the year in 2008 after recording 11 receptions for 135 yards and one TD on offense and 71 tackles, seven TFLs, two sacks, and one PBU.

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