The U.S. Army All-American Bowl tour continued on Tuesday as Southlake Carroll senior defensive back was presented with his official selection into the January game.
Barnes, a 4-star recruit committed to Oklahoma, joins six other players from the Metroplex.
“It’s awesome because you’re going with the same guys you go on recruiting visits with, that you kind of played against in pee-wee and high school,” Barnes said. “We just knew we wanted to compete together and have fun together in San Antonio.”
The game will be at the Alamodome in San Antonio and can be seen at noon, Jan. 7 on NBC.
Barnes, along with his family and Carroll coach Hal Wasson, was honored with a jersey in front of other family members, friends and some of the Dragons football team.
“It’s a huge day and opportunity, and dream come true,” Barnes said. “It’s something that as a high school football player, you definitely dream and look forward to be apart of something like this.It’s just an awesome opportunity and I’m blessed to be apart of it.”
Committed to Oklahoma as a defensive back, Barnes has also stepped into an offensive role this season. In Carroll’s Week 2 win over Arlington Martin, Barnes played receiver for the first time since the fifth grade and had six catches for 153 yards. In last week’s win over Euless Trinity, he caught a 65-yard touchdown pass.
“We’re obviously super excited for Robert. He’s an extension of our Dragon family. It’s a game of many moving parts and it’s been fun to watch him grow as a player and more importantly a person, and he’s truly a great young man,” Wasson said. “We do feel very blessed and fortunate to coach an athlete like him.”
Barnes, who is fourth on the team with 34 tackles (8.5 per game), will play for the West team, along with Aledo’s Chuck Filiaga, Kennedale’s Baron Browning, DeSoto’s Shawn Robinson, South Grand Prairie’s Jeffrey Okudah, Lancaster’s Omar Manning, and Wylie East’s Eno Benjamin.
“It’s just an amazing opportunity to be able to play in front of the men and women who go out there and put their lives on the line for our country everyday,” Barnes said.