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Arizona football recruiting: 3-star cornerback McKenzie Barnes commits to Wildcats

Arizona lands its 11th commitment for 2018

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On Saturday, the Arizona Wildcats added their 11th commitment in their 2018 class, landing McKenzie Barnes, a 3-star cornerback from Edison High School (Fresno, Calif).

Barnes is the No. 151 cornerback in the country, according to Scout.com.

Barnes’ recruitment came down to three schools, with the ‘Cats joined by Oregon and Washington State.

“The trip was pretty good,” Barnes said earlier this week about his visit to Arizona. “I got a lot of one-on-one time with coaches and some of the players.”

Barnes has also established great relationships with multiple coaches on the staff including Vince Amey, Marcel Yates, and Chris Singletary. An aspect that really stood out to him during his trip to campus at the end of July was an education and life skills meeting he attended.

“They asked me a couple of my goals and they set out a plan for me to accomplish them,” Barnes said. “It was a one-on-one experience.”

Barnes has good size and good speed that helps in the secondary. He does need work on his man-to-man coverage skills and turning his hips around.

Overall, I do think it is a good pickup for the ‘Cats, but he will need some development at the next level to reach his full potential.


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