Dynamic slot receiver Khalil Barnes joins the ranks of the best in his class as he’s earned a spot on the 2019 Youth1 Freshman450.
The 5-foot-9, 145-pound athlete, who attends North Oconee in Bogart, GA, takes great pride in the recognition.
“It feels great but I’m not satisfied yet,” Barnes said. “This is an honor but it’s only the beginning for me because I want to reach my potential.”
Barnes expresses what being selected to the Freshman450 proves about his abilities.
“It says that I’m a dynamic player who is dangerous with the ball in my hands,” Barnes said.
Barnes talks about what he enjoys the most about playing receiver.
“I like being able to find soft spots in the defense and making plays when the ball hits my hands,” Barnes said. “I like being able to come through for my team when they need me.”
Barnes patterns his play at receiver after this All-Pro.
“I try to play like Antonio Brown because when defenders line up against him it's not a ‘Yes, I get to guard AB,’” Barnes said. “It's sort of like a fear of guarding him and I want defenders to be scared of lining up against me.”
In addition to the Freshman450, Barnes excitedly lists some of his other proud achievements
“I have been able to play some varsity this year and I'm happy because my route running is getting better and better,” Barnes said. “This makes me encouraged because I’m taking steps in the right direction to make my dreams become a reality.”
Barnes breaks down what he believes are his strengths on the field.
“I think my strengths as a football player are my vision, my speed and my hands,” Barnes said. “These things help me to make plays on the field.”
“I need to improve on releasing off the line, route running, and blocking,” Barnes said. “Also for the next level I need to improve on my block and speed. If I can do all these things I know I can be successful.”
Barnes describes the major aspect of why he’s so passionate about the game of football.
“My favorite part of playing football is building strong relationships with my teammates,” Barnes said. “My teammates are like family to me and I enjoy working together with them and celebrating with them.”
Barnes details what’s on his itinerary for the future.
“I got invited to try out for Cam Newton’s 7-on-7 team as well as Hustle Inc., so I am preparing for those this summer,” Barnes said.
Barnes has yet to receive any collegiate offers but appreciates the candor from prospective programs.
“I have talked to a few. I like that they give you constructive criticism,” Barnes said.
With the confidence boost of being a member of the Freshman450, Barnes believes he’s making the necessary strides to put his name on the radar.
“I feel like I’m getting better and better and my time is about to come,” Barnes said.
To view the entire Freshman450, please click -> here.
Article written by Rolando Rosa.
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