Friday, May 23, 2014
Woodland High School’s Michael Barnett has been nominated for the 2015 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Barnett, a Wolverine lineman and member of the Class of 2015, is one of only 10 football players in the state and only 400 players nationwide to receive the honor.
“I’m honored to be considered for something like this that honors those who serve our country and protect our freedom,” Barnett said. “This means a lot to me.”
Barnett plays both sides of the ball but he was nominated as a defensive lineman, which suits him fine.
“I prefer to play defense and that is where I want to play in college,” Barnett said. “That is what everybody is recruiting me for.”
Barnett started playing football in seventh grade just to have something to do. By his freshman season, he had attracted the interest of college scouts. He has received all-region, All-Lowcountry and all-state honors. Last season he had 89 tackles, including 31 for a loss.
The 6-5, 250-pound lineman is also an honor student. He has offers to play for several colleges but says Clemson, N.C. State, Florida State and Georgia are the frontrunners right now.
Barnett is also a track athlete. At last weekend’s Class AA Championship Meet, he placed fifth in the discus throw and eighth in the shot put.
Now he has turned his focus back to football
“I need to work at coming off the ball quicker and using my hands more, just little things like that,” he said.
The athletes were nominated by the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Committee, which consists of All American Games, 247Sports – the Bowl’s official online recruiting network, and All American Games’ network of regional coaches throughout the country. Of the 400 nominees, 90 will be ultimately selected and invited to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. The next step for the nominees occurs in September, when the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Tour begins. Player finalists along with U.S. Army All-American Marching Band musicians will be announced nationwide throughout the fall, with the Selection Tour ending in early December.
For more than a decade, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl has been the Nation’s premier high school football game.
Adrian Peterson and Andrew Luck both made their national debuts as U.S. Army All-Americans. In the 2012 NFL Draft Andrew Luck became the first U.S. Army All-American Bowl alumnus to be selected with the first overall pick.
The 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl drew a crowd of 40,017 to the Alamodome, and was the most-watched sporting event on television over the weekend, excluding the NFL playoffs.
Other South Carolina players who were nominated for the 2015 U.S. Army All-American Bowl are Summerville’s Zack Bailey (OL), Bluffton’s Shameik Blackshear (DL), Wren’s Kelly Bryant (QB), Greenwood’s Kaleb Chalmers (DB), South Aiken’s Rasool Clemons (DL), Orangeburg-Wilkinson’s Albert Huggins (DL), Byrnes’ Lrycis Klugh (DB), Swansea’s Johnathan Sutton (LB) and Crestwood’s TySon Williams (RB).