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Top 2021 DB target Ryan Barnes sets commitment timeline, will chat with U-M Wednesday

Barnes is one of Michigan’s most sought-after defensive backs in the 2021 class.

Courtesy — Ryan Barnes

Head coach Jim Harbaugh and safeties coach Bob Shoop will hold a video call with 2021 three-star defensive back Ryan Barnes on Wednesday afternoon, Barnes told Maize n Brew. Barnes’ parents will also be a part of the call.

The 6-foot-2, 180-pounder from Gaithersburg, Maryland is being recruited by head coach Jim Harbaugh, safeties coach Bob Shoop and defensive coordinator Don Brown. He is being recruited to play either corner or safety.

“I have talked to coach Shoop and coach Brown every day, and then coach Harbaugh a few times a week,” Barnes told Maize n Brew.

Barnes has yet to visit Michigan, but does have a tentative visit date set for June 12-14. If the in-person dead period continues through the summer and he cannot see schools up close, Barnes said he is going to make a commitment regardless.

“I’m hoping to make some visits before I commit, (but) I’m preparing myself though that it might not be possible to visit schools before my goal — to make a decision by August,” Barnes said. “I want to commit before my senior year starts.”

Barnes has been a top target at defensive back for Michigan for a while now. Barnes was offered by the Wolverines back in January. Since then, he has received offers from Clemson, LSU, Florida, Georgia, Penn State, Notre Dame and a ton of other top football programs around the country.

At this juncture, I’d say Michigan sits pretty well with Barnes. The Wolverines have two defensive backs committed in the 2021 class — three-star corner Ja’Den McBurrows and three-star safety Rod Moore — and it appears they are looking for a couple more. Barnes is a prospect they probably wouldn’t turn away, regardless of how many they have committed whenever he decides to make his commitment.

Barnes is currently the No. 39 cornerback and No. 550 overall player in his class, per 247Sports’ composite rankings.