4-Star OT William Barnes Recruiting Update: ‘Florida Is Still One Of My Top Schools’

    William Barnes recruiting update as of Tuesday, February 14. The four-star OT is coming off a Florida visit and says UF "is still one of my top schools."

    February 14, 2017

    William Barnes recruiting update as of Tuesday, February 14. The four-star OT is coming off a Florida visit and says UF “is still one of my top schools.”


    The Florida Gators continue to impress four-star offensive tackle William Barnes, the nation’s No. 72 overall recruit and No. 9 player at his position.

    William Barnes
    Scout

    Barnes made the short trek north from Apopka, Florida to Gainesville this past weekend to check out the Gators, a trip he described as “a great visit” in an interview with Blake Alderman of Inside the Gators.

    Barnes was able to take in the Florida basketball game against Texas A&M, his first-ever college basketball experience.

    “I had never been to a college basketball game, so going to this Gators’ basketball game was my first. That was really enjoyable.”

    Florida is considered the favorite to land the 6-foot-4, 285 pound paver. He hails from the same high school as Martez Ivey, whom Jim McElwain inked in his first recruiting class as coach of the Gators. Ivey was ranked the No. 1 offensive tackle and No. 3 overall player per Scout.

    Their relationship gives the Gators a nice advantage in his recruitment.

    As for who can challenge Florida for his services, Barnes is high on North Carolina, and also lists Auburn, Florida State and Ohio State as the programs challenging the most right now.

    The Georgia Bulldogs also recently jumped into the picture, extending an offer on January 25. He now holds upwards of two dozen offers.

    Barnes has a ton of upside, the frame to build upon and is very intelligent. Whoever lands him will be getting a player who could potentially blossom into a star.

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