Deion Barnes has written offers in the double-digits, and he has them from programs in the SEC (Georgia, South Carolina), Big Ten (Minnesota, Michigan) as well as the Big East (Pittsburgh, West Virginia), just to name a few. Barnes would like to get to all the schools that have offered him, but it's too early to tell when all those unofficial visits are going to take place. He's taking them one step at a time, starting next week.
"College-wise, I'm heading down to South Carolina next week," Barnes said. "That's my only trip out. I'm trying to get some more set up, but it's hard to get to all of them. I'm not sure yet where I'm going."
He lists all the schools as being even, but he did say he's got a pretty good relationship with the Pitt coaching staff. Since Pitt is in-state, Barnes feels they would be one of the easier trips to take.
"They e-mail me most of the time," Barnes said of Pitt. "That's the school I get the most mail from. Their d-line coach came in last week, or two weeks ago. I'm supposed to call Coach Wannstedt sometime soon. I'm starting to become cool with all of (the Pitt assistant coaches). They really want me."
While it's one thing to feel wanted by a certain school, it's another to understand a team's philosophy and scheme, and whether that fit's the players interests and talents. In addition to feeling coveted, Barnes likes how Pitt's defense operates, as well.
"When I went there, I watched the film," Barnes added. "They have a bunch of playmakers on defense. I'll probably take an official (visit) there. I might have to narrow it down soon, but I'll take one there. It's easy to jump in the car and head to Pittsburgh."
Barnes just started his offseason conditioning program with his team. For the 2010 season at Northest, Barnes has set a couple individual and team goals for the coming season.
"I'm trying to (bench press) 340 by the time I'm finished with the summer," Barnes said. "I want to get 20 sacks on the field. I'm going to win a championship before I leave Northeast."
As a junior, Barnes finished the season with 64 tackles, including 25 for a loss. He also had eight sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. He was named first-team All-Public League at defensive end.