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Arizona football recruiting: 3-star cornerback McKenzie Barnes ready to make a decision

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Arizona is sitting well with the Fresno-based DB

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Cornerback is a position of need for the Arizona Wildcats. There are a few options for the Wildcats in 2018 class, including recent commit Jhevon Hill.

But another player Arizona has made a major move on is McKenzie Barnes.

The Edison High School (Fresno, Calif.) standout recently narrowed down his list to three schools and is ready to make his decision.

During the last weekend in July, Barnes was slotted to head to Oregon for an unofficial visit, but he ended up taking a little detour instead, heading to Tucson for Arizona’s “The Closing” event.

“They invited me and I talked it over with my dad and my coach,” Barnes said how the visit came to fruition. “We decided that it would be the best trip to go on at that moment.”

“The trip was pretty good,” Barnes continued. “I got a lot of one-on-one time with coaches and some of the players.”

The trip made a good impression on Barnes overall. Of note, there was one part of the trip that stood out to the 6-foot, 190 pound defensive back and it was a different answer in a good way.

“Honestly, one of the best parts of the trip was when I got to sit through and education and life skills meeting,” Barnes explained. “They asked me a couple of my goals and they set out a plan for me to accomplish them. It was a one-on-one experience.”

The successful visit is not the only aspect working in Arizona’s favor. Another positive is his relationship with the coaching staff. It is something that could tip the scales.

“Coach (Vince) Amey is my recruiter,” Barnes stated. “But while I was there I established pretty good relationships with Coach (Marcel) Yates and Coach (Chris) Singletary.”

All of this said, Arizona is in a good position ahead of Barnes’ decision, which is this coming Saturday (Aug. 12).

“I like everything about Arizona and Washington State,” he stated. “Oregon has been my dream school for a very long time.”

Barnes said he is looking for a school that gives him the best chance to get an engineering or business degrees.

“Also an opportunity to go pro,” he said.

Arizona’s coaching staff won’t have to wait long to know if they are going to have an addition to their class. If Barnes commits, the Wildcats will have a player they are looking for — a lengthy corner who has sideline-to-sideline speed and aggressiveness.

Barnes is a two-star recruit in 247Sports’ Composite rankings, but Scout ranks him as a three-star prospect.


2018 Arizona football commits

Name Position Position Ranking Rating Height Weight High School City
Name Position Position Ranking Rating Height Weight High School City
Armani Adams S 117 *** 6-0 190 Lakewood St. Petersburg, FL
Tre Adams WR 182 *** 6-3 190 Wakeland Frisco, TX
McKenzie Barnes CB 123 *** 6-2 170 Edison Fresno, CA
Jailen Bailey WR 278 *** 5-10 180 Lincoln San Diego, CA
Steven Bailey OG 39 *** 6-3 290 Centennial (Glendale CC) Peoria, AZ
Jaiden Dockery S 95 *** 6-0 195 Lancaster Lancaster, TX
Jhevon Hill ATH 66 *** 6-3 185 Cajon San Bernardino, CA
Martell Irby RB 101 *** 5-10 200 Morse San Diego, CA
Mykee Irving DT 42 *** 6-4 330 Calabasas Calabasas, CA
Issaiah Johnson ILB 36 *** 6-3 220 Los Alamitos Los Alamitos, CA
Jamarye Joiner QB (Dual Threat) 24 *** 6-3 205 Cienega Vail, AZ
Donovan Laie OT 102 *** 6-6 315 Oceanside Oceanside, CA
Thomas Marcus WR 171 *** 6-4 185 San Diego San Diego, CA
Jaden Mitchell WR 193 *** 6-0 180 Desert Pines Las Vegas, NV
Jake Peters TE 62 *** 6-5 240 Santa Margarita Catholic Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Adam Plant WDE 48 *** 6-5 245 Bishop Gorman Las Vegas, NV
Darrius Smith RB 119 *** 5-10 175 Dawson Pearland, TX
David Watson OT 117 *** 6-6 300 Amphitheater Tucson, AZ
Zach Williams WR 211 *** 6-3 205 Jones Creek Alpharetta, GA
Christian Young S 60 *** 6-1 201 Foster Richmond, TX