The Grayson football team's rising senior class continues to be a major target for college football coaches, and not just for defensive end Robert Nkemdiche, the nation's consensus No. 1 prospect.
Two more Rams made college commitments in a short span Wednesday and Thursday, with cornerback David Kamara pledging to Clemson late Wednesday night and defensive end/linebacker committing to Tennessee on Thursday morning. They join earlier commitments Wayne Gallman (Clemson) and Jack Banda (Arizona).
Gwinnett County now has 11 rising seniors committed to top FBS programs, with Grayson accounting for the majority.
"It's great (to have all that talent), it's always a challenge just to get on the field," Barnes said of the Rams' senior class. "I've got all these guys around me working hard and they make me want to do my best every day."
A late starter in football, Barnes is quickly making up for lost time.
The 6-foot-3, 225-pounder played one season in sixth grade and didn't play football again until his sophomore season of high school, but he's developed into a top college prospect that Tennessee likes as an outside linebacker. He also had major offers from Indiana and Southern Miss, who were recruiting him as a defensive end.
"Tennessee's a great school," said Barnes, whose father Zach played at Alabama State and for the San Diego Chargers and Atlanta Falcons in the NFL. "They've got a great campus, a great study center, a great new football facility that should be done in 2013. I like the academic program up there. And of course I like the football program."
College recruiters clearly like Grayson, too, especially Clemson.
Clemson landed Kamara late Wednesday night, adding him to a recruiting class that already includes the versatile Gallman, who could play running back, defensive back or linebacker.
Kamara, a 5-foot-11, 180-pound cornerback, is rated as a three-star recruit (on a five-star scale) by both Scout and Rivals.
Nkemdiche is coveted by all of the nation's top programs and joined Gallman and Kamara by committing to Clemson on Thursday.