Signing Day Showcase: TE Chris Barnett

Chris Barnett – TE
Hurst, TX – Bell HS
The Numbers:
Height: 6’6”
Weight: 249 lbs
40-yard dash: 4.55 sec
Bench press: 270 lbs
Squat: 555 lbs
Vertical jump: 32 inches
Star Gazers: Scout – 3 ***, Rivals – 4 ****
Offers: Michigan, Alabama, Arkansas, Miami (FL), Oklahoma, TCU, UCLA, USC
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Stats: During his senior season at Bell HS, Chris totaled 300 receiving yards and hauled in four touchdowns.
Analysis: Chris committed himself to play football at the University of Arkansas on October 23, 2010, but earlier this week on National Signing Day, he called a conference to make his decision after he added the University of Michigan to the mix. Shortly before 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Barnett announced that he would be going north to play football, declaring himself a Wolverine.
Barnett is a lengthy young man, standing at 6'6"with long arms, and weighing in at nearly 250 pounds. With his size, he already looks the part of a star Division I tight end on his way to the NFL. But, first he must prove he that he can play the game at a high level.
With fairly shallow depth at the tight end position, it seems that head coach Brady Hoke will probably get this kid some playing time during his first season in Ann Arbor. Barnett will have a season working behind a great pass-catching and blocking tight end, Kevin Koger, who contributed in his first season, and continued to produce during his sophomore and junior seasons.
As previously mentioned, Barnett has great size, giving him the ability to go up and get high passes, which may earn him plenty of chances close to the endzone when he can go to the back or corners of the endzone and get jump balls. After viewing clips of Barnett's highlights, I noticed that he is a skilled blocker, which is a key to playing the position of tight end. While he is a good blocker, it has been noted that he may not be as strong as he needs to be when he goes up against D-I defenses. I expect Michigan's strength and conditioning staff to address this point when he gets to campus.
To conclude, I predict that Chris will see playing time in several games during the 2011 season, resulting in somewhere around 5-10 receptions and a touchdown or two. When Mr. Koger's Michigan career comes to a conclusion, Barnett will most likely become the number one tight end on the Wolverines' roster in 2012.
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