Khalil Barnes is one of the best players from the Atlanta, GA area in the Class of 2023.
The 5-foot-7, 140-pound Barnes, who attends North Oconee High School and most recently played at Malcom Bridge Middle School, is a dynamic player that works as a wide receiver.
Barnes also plays on defense as a cornerback.
Barnes recently earned an invitation to participate in NextGen's invite-only main event, The Show, based on his stellar showing at the NextGen Atlanta Regional Showcase.
“It felt good. I have been to a couple other camps and performed well and received invites to move forward, so I expected it out of myself,” Barnes said. “Honestly, I didn’t feel I performed my best at the regional, so I look forward to showcasing my skill set even more at The Show.”
This will be Barnes’ first time competing at The Show and he’s excited to leave a positive impression.
“I look forward to competing with and against some of the best talent from across this nation,” Barnes said. “I always consider myself to be amongst the best, so I embrace the challenge of competing against the best.”
Barnes has received plenty of recognition during his outstanding career, such as being selected for the Top Gun Showcase, where he finished as one of the top receivers. Last season as a captain, Barnes led his middle school team in yards and touchdowns en route to a league championship. Additionally, Barnes played significant snaps with some varsity reps this spring.
Barnes lists making the A-B honor roll last year as his proudest accomplishment.
Barnes describes his strengths as a wide receiver.
“Speed and quickness have always been strengths. But now I think my football IQ is a strength as well,” Barnes said. “I am seeing the game differently and attacking my position better because of it.”
Barnes explains why he’s drawn to the wide receiver position.
“In middle school I played wing back but with the high school I will be playing slot receiver,” Barnes said. “I love the ability to get the matchups that I want and being flexible enough to be used all over the field.”
Barnes has great passion and energy whenever he’s on the gridiron. Barnes tells why he enjoys the game of football so much.
“I love being out there with my brothers grinding and putting in that work to accomplish our goals each day,” Barnes said.
Barnes is pleased with his progress but refuses to allow complacency to set in.
“I feel that I am doing well, but I have a ways to go,” Barnes said. “I am my toughest critic, so I always see some things to improve upon. But I will keep working daily. I love the grind.”
Barnes is on the grind to perfect and hone his craft in any way possible.
“I know at the next level I must be stronger and more physical. I am trying to bulk up and build up my strength,” Barnes said. “Also, being more physical in my blocking assignments. Catching balls in traffic.”
Barnes, who participated in spring practice and games with his high school team, has a detailed personal regimen.
“It was a great experience and I learned a lot. I can’t wait to get back to summer workouts,” Barnes said. “I train three days a week with my trainer working to refine my route running, and small details to be successful. I try to catch 100 balls every workout.”
Barnes patterns his play after this star wide receiver.
“Antonio Brown is my favorite player,” Barnes said. “I love his big play ability and explosiveness.”
Barnes is ready to seize the moment and make a name for himself at The Show.
“I love to get out there and compete. I look forward to seeing some dogs out there on that field,” Barnes said. “I think it [being selected] says that I am just beginning to ascend to the level that I would like to as a player. I have set some goals for myself as a student athlete and this serves as a good indication that I am on the right path.”
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Article written by Rolando Rosa.
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