Momentum is picking up for one of Mississippi’s top prospects.
Baldwyn quarterback Blake Barnes returned from camp Thursday night with a new scholarship offer in hand.
“I just got back from Michigan last night,” he said. “The camp went real well. I got to sit down and talk with coach (Lloyd) Carr and their quarterbacks coach for a while, and they have offered me a scholarship.
“I was real happy with that. Michigan was amazing. I loved the campus, and they took me through the stadium. I know why they call it ‘The Big House’ now. They’re up near the top of my list. If I had to name a top five right now, it would be Michigan, Georgia, Ole Miss, Auburn and Mississippi State.”
With all of the southern schools on his list, will geography play a role in how long Michigan stays on his list?
“The farthest I’ve ever been that way before this was Indianapolis, so it was a long way away,” he said. “It’s something to think about, but not a big concern for me right now. I really liked it a lot.”
In addition to the Wolverines, Barnes (6-3, 218, 4.7) also has offers from Auburn, Ole Miss and Mississippi State.
Georgia is new to his list, the product of another camp appearance.
“They hadn’t shown a whole lot of interest before I went there for camp, but the coaches showed a lot after that,” he said. “They said they really liked me, and that me taking time to come there showed that I was really interested in them. They’re supposed to stay in touch with me.
“I was really impressed with their campus and the coaching staff, the way they handled things.”
Barnes, who has also competed in 7-on-7 passing tournaments at Alabama and Ole Miss this summer, will keep the busy schedule rolling. He’ll be at Purdue’s quarterback camp next week. In July, he’ll participate in camps at Arkansas and Auburn and travel to Las Vegas for the Elite 11 preliminary camp.
“It’s a lot of traveling, but I enjoy getting out and meeting new people, seeing new places,” he said.
As a junior, Barnes passed for 2,438 yards and 38 touchdowns with only nine interceptions.
He is projected as a full-qualifier with a 3.8 GPA and a 21 on his ACT.