July 6, 2006

Hokies are in the hunt for Barnes

Rivals100 wide receiver Mark Barnes is hoping to make it to Virginia Tech this weekend. According to rumors the Hokies would seem to be on the outside since everyone has the 6-foot-2, 194-pounder out of Columbia, S.C., Richland Northeast going to South Carolina, but he claims there are no leaders.

"I'd like to elaborate on that and say I don't have any favorites," he said. "Once I get all my visits down this summer I'll have some. I know a lot of the speculation comes from the fact that Gary Gray already committed there and he's like a little brother to me, but just cause he is there doesn't mean I'm going to be."

As for this weekend, Barnes is hoping to get to Blacksburg.

"I'm definitely trying to do that," he explained. "I've been talking to Tyrod Taylor and have become good friends with him. We communicate off and on about every couple weeks and plan to talk more this weekend at Tech. If he does go there, that would definitely make me look at them even more because we're friends and it would be great to play with him."

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