Bunn (N.C.) athlete Brandon Barnes attended Junior Days at both North Carolina and North Carolina State on Sunday. The versatile star came away with good things to say about both programs.
Barnes was at UNC in the afternoon.
"It was good," he said. "The coaches were really nice to me. Coach Ken Browning, my recruiting coach is a really good guy. He told me about the university, mostly from the academic standpoint and what I can do there if I were to come. He also told me I would play my freshman year."
The way the Tar Heels are recruiting stood out to the 6-foot-1, 180-pounder.
"They are recruiting the top players in the state and they have a good recruiting program," he said. "They recruit good talent."
Barnes also enjoyed the basketball game, where the Heels defeated rival Duke.
"That was exciting man," he said. "The crowd was crazy."
Barnes could potentially play running back, wide receiver, safety or cornerback in college. North Carolina likes him as a running back.
"Any school can recruit you at any position, but once I get there they can play anywhere," he said. "I just want to get on the field and play."
Barnes also came away with good feelings about North Carolina State, where he visited Sunday morning.
"I was impressed," he said. "They showed me around the Murphy Center and the press box at the stadium. That place was amazing. It was state of the art."
He also spoke with members of the Wolfpack coaching staff.
"I talked to coach Jason Swepson and coach Tom O'Brien," he said. "They told me I have a chance to play my freshman year there. They have two good running backs Toney Baker and Andre Brown right now. I have the chance to learn from the best and then step in for them after they leave."
Barnes says he plans to visit Auburn unofficially sometime in the near future. He recently has gotten correspondence by way of mail from Florida and Michigan.