May 24, 2010

Philly defensive end intrigued by offer

The offers are starting to roll in for Philadelphia defensive end Deion Barnes, including one from Georgia that has the Pennsylvania native intrigued.

Actually, the Bulldog offer is one of two from SEC teams (South Carolina is the other) that Bonner has accumulated, along with ones from Big Ten powers Penn State and Michigan.

"I'm excited about any offer that I receive," Barnes said in a telephone interview with UGASports. "Anytime you get an offer from an SEC school it's exciting, and when you get one from a school as popular as Georgia it makes it even more exciting. But at the same time, I'm trying to take all the offers I receive all in the same breath."

Barnes hopes to be able to visit the Bulldogs soon, although catching a ride to Athens could prove tricky.

But based on what he's heard from assistant Scott Lakatos, Barne's anxious to be able to see for himself.

"They like me at the Will spot," Barnes said. "They would just want me to rush the passer and not worry about reaction; just get up the field and go."

However, until he can check out the Bulldog program up close and see how coaches interact with players, Barnes said it's difficult to project where Georgia will stack up in the end.

"I really can't give an answer on that, especially how they stand up against schools like Penn State and Michigan," Barnes said. "But like I said, I'm going to look into it."

If Barnes does visit Georgia, it looks like he'll need to take an official visit to do so.

The 6-foot-5, 230-pounder does not plan on participating in any summer camps or showcases, preferring instead to focus on his senior season at Northeast High.

"Yeah, I'll probably just wait on my officials," said Barnes, who will narrow his list of teams to five before the start of his senior season. "After that, we'll see."

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