Weight: 245 lbs.
High school: L.D. Bell High School in Hurst, TX
Position: Tight end
Jersey number: #82
Last year: Barnett was a high school senior (commitment post here)
TTB Rating: 82
Barnett has all kinds of physical talent. He can run, jump, catch, and block when he wants. "When he wants" is the key term. He seems like kind of a quirky kid and I'm not 100% sold on his work ethic. Of course, it's possible that the issues I've seen (not running hard, bad body weight, etc.) are benign problems and symptomatic of an injury or something, but those are things I intend to watch with him. And speaking of injuries, he tore his ACL last year.
There are various readers who will surely disagree with me, but I think Barnett should be headed for a season of sitting on the bench. Coming off a knee injury that limited his off-season work, he might not be ready physically. But to top all that off, Michigan has enough depth at the tight end positions to make it through the upcoming season, barring injury. Senior starter Kevin Koger offers many of the same qualities as Barnett, and redshirt junior Brandon Moore was known as a receiving threat when he came out of high school. I still think Moore is raw and might not ever "get it" but there's potential. Redshirt freshman Ricardo Miller has been playing U-back (which is a hybrid TE/FB position) after playing receiver as a freshman. And