Clayton Northmont defensive back and Ohio State commitment C.J. Barnett was officially added to the roster for the 2009 Under Armour All-American Game Jan. 4 in Orlando, Fla.
Clayton Northmont defensive back and Buckeye commitment C.J. Barnett will play in the 2009 Under Armour All-American game on Jan. 4 in Orlando, Fla.
“I can’t wait,” Barnett said. “There are some really good guys going to the game. I can’t wait to play with them.”
The 6-foot-1 and 175-pound Barnett is the No. 1 cornerback prospect in the Buckeye State. Opponents rarely challenged him during his senior season, preferring to test the other side of the field when they went to the air. Barnett intercepted one pass as Northmont finished the regular season with a 10-2 record.
On Monday, Barnett was invited to play in the Under Armour game after Lake Charles (La.) Barbe and LSU commitment Janzen Jackson was knocked out of the game with torn miniscus which required surgery. However Barnett is far from a late replacement. He is the No. 73 prospect on the ESPNU 150 and the No. 5 cornerback prospect.
Barnett intercepted three passes his sophomore season and three more his junior year for a total of seven for his high school career.
When Barnett arrives in Florida he will see some familiar faces. He is one of five Ohio State commitments who will play in the Under Armour All-American game.
Running back Jaamal Berry from Miami (Fla.) Palmetto, wide receiver Duron Carter from Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas, offensive lineman Jack Mewhort from Toledo St. John’s and defensive end Melvin Fellows from Garfield Heights will join Barnett in the contest.
Barnett also said he has met Memphis (Tenn.) Harding wide receiver Marlon Brown and Indian Head (Md.) Lackey cornerback Darrell Givens who are both playing in the game.
“It will be sweet to go down there with the best players in the country,” Barnett said. “It should be a great experience.”
Barnett said his immediate family will head to Orlando with him.