Varsity Preps

Alex Barnes, RB/OLB, C/O 2015

Vitals: 6′/ 218 lbs./ 4.46 40-Time/ 37” Vertical

Film Analysis: First thing that sticks out about Alex Barnes is that he is a very strong and powerful runner. He hits the hole hard and uses that momentum all the way through to the end of the play. He is not a burner and his breakaway speed is nothing to write home about, but his 4.4-4.5 speed is good enough to get the job done at most high level collegiate football programs. The next big thing about Barnes is that he is a big running back. Barnes is a true six foot tall running back and has a great frame to carry the weight. He currently hovers around 210-220, but with a college weight program, there is the possibility for Barnes to be able to get up to a 225 or 230 and be a complete load to take down. He already is hard to take down, but he could definitely be a solid bruising running back for someone who likes to pound the ball up the middle some. From a defensive standpoint, there is a lot left to be seen with Barnes. He is a raw outside linebacker, but again with his frame there is a very good possibility for him to be a good fit there. He does have active hands and likes to strip the ball.

My Rating: 3-Star RB, Top 10 2015 Kansas Prospect, Top RB in Kansas, Top 85 RB in Nation

The Verdict: Running back is the position right now that Alex Barnes is best at, and in college, at first that is going to be his best position. If he goes in early though and makes that switch and is redshirted, then he could become a better outside linebacker than he would be a running back. A mixture of Barnes’ frame and speed when it gets above 220 pounds could provide to be a great mixture on the edge and in the flat in coverage. Barnes is a Division I running back for sure right now, but will likely have to wait a year or two to get on the field. Barnes holds offers from Kansas, Kansas State, Minnesota, Rutgers and Tulsa. Arkansas has been a school that has been extensively evaluating Barnes. Barnes camped at Arkansas recently and played both running back and outside linebacker during his time there. At outside linebacker, although he may wait around the same time, the results could be better and if the transition is smooth, may even see the field sooner. Alex Barnes is a great athlete and should excel at either position, just in varying degrees.

Pros: Strong, Powerful Runner, Frame

Cons: Speed questions, Breakaway Ability

Check out Alex’s Hudl page: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/835026/alex-barnes

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