Offers are rolling in left and right for prospects in the 2021 class, and one of the more recent offers for Michigan is cornerback Ryan Barnes.
The 6-foot-2, 175-pounder from Gaithersburg, Maryland was offered by head coach Jim Harbaugh and defensive coordinator Don Brown during a visit to Barnes’ school, Quince Orchard. This was Barnes’ first time speaking to the two coaches.
“With the short interaction I had with them, they really seemed like good people and I appreciate them coming to see me in school. It was a great experience overall,” he told Maize n Brew.
Now that he landed the scholarship offer, Barnes said he plans on visiting Ann Arbor at some point soon.
“It would be a great opportunity to experience the campus and program firsthand,” he said.
Other programs that have offered Barnes include Georgia, LSU, Tennessee, Louisville, Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh, Maryland, Duke and more. When it comes to which schools he is most interested in, Barnes said, “I’m just enjoying this process right now and I’m interested in any opportunity to play on the next level.”
An important factor when it comes to Barnes’ future school is a good mix of academics and athletics, with the former being at the top of the list.
“Academics are always first. I would like them to have the major I am interested in and a good campus,” Barnes said. “With athletics, I would love a program that has a plan to develop me as a leader and player for the next level.”
Three potential majors for Barnes in college are marine biology, psychology and criminology.
Barnes is unsure when he wants to make his final decision, but he admits he is “just having fun with this right now.”
“I’m looking forward to the opportunity to visit the programs that have shown interest in my talent and potential. I know that will help me make the best decision for my future.”
Barnes is not yet ranked on 247Sports’ composite, but given the offer sheet he has, odds are it won’t take long for him to get recognized by the recruiting services and get ranked.
Another reason Barnes probably won’t be unranked for long are the highlights from his junior season. He made some real nice plays defending both the pass and the run in 2019. Check out those highlights below.