Player Spotlight: Defensive Back Ryan Barnes

Recently I reached out to Quince Orchard Defensive Back Ryan Barnes present him a few questions. Topics ranged from his overall game to opinions he has about his position. The responses Ryan Barnes provided were well thought out and allowed me to learn a lot about the talented DB. Which is why this article will […]

Recently I reached out to Quince Orchard Defensive Back Ryan Barnes present him a few questions. Topics ranged from his overall game to opinions he has about his position. The responses Ryan Barnes provided were well thought out and allowed me to learn a lot about the talented DB. Which is why this article will present Barnes answers and opinions on the variety of questions I posed to him. Further highlighting the player and person Ryan Barnes is as a young athlete.

The first two questions I asked Barnes dealt with the strengths and areas of improvement he sees in his game. Barnes stated, “my strengths are my athleticism, aggressiveness, and my cover skills.” His film showcases these strong suits as Barnes at approximately 6’2” 180 lbs. has great size and length at the corner position. He does a great job putting himself in position to always make a play on the football. While showing great physicality and decisiveness, whether it be breaking on a route or coming up to tackle. He is a very sound tackler and is a willing participant in run defense. His coverage skills are apparent as he shows good discipline and anticipation when reading a quarterback’s eyes and tracking the football. Barnes especially excels in press man coverage, where he uses his hands very well to re-route or disrupt the timing of a receiver. Making sure to deliver a good first blow to throw off the fluidity of the route being ran. Plus, the fact he plays special teams also gives him a chance to find multiple ways to be on the field to make plays. When speaking on an area of his game he wants to improve Barnes stated, “I want to improve on my off-man coverage technique.” Barnes in wanting to strengthen this part of his game will grow as an all-around shutdown corner. If he shows he excels in all phases of coverage, he will become an intriguing and versatile piece to be utilized in a secondary. Improving this area will also allow him to make even more plays as his anticipatory reads and ball skills will benefit from this improvement.

The next pair of question I posed were about his opinions on the most important task to accomplish at his position. While also wanting to learn about what specific stat about a corner he values more in terms of performance. On the important task Barnes explained, “the most important thing for my position is to shut down the other teams passing game and to do my job on the field.” This shows Barnes understands the importance he can play in hindering an opposing offense by taking away one side of the field. While knowing he must perform this task while staying within the scheme and performing his assignment. That way he does not compromise others on his defense by gambling unnecessarily on a play. In terms of what stat, he values more I asked him to decide between causing turnovers or Cornerback completion percentage. Barnes described, “Pass breakups are more important because although turnovers can change momentum. A DB with a low completion rate is helping the team differently.” Barnes is explaining that turnovers are game changing plays but values the ability to not allow many pass attempts that come your way to be completed. As he depicts this helps the team, specifically controlling and limiting the impact of a player or side of the field.

I then transitioned to, what part of his game would he likes scouts to acknowledge the most? Barnes described, “I want coaches to see my football IQ on the field, aggressiveness, my ability to cover, and that I’m coachable.” Barnes wants observers to see the strengths of his game always. While at the same time showcasing his knowledge for the game, along with his coachability. All these traits are quality ones to show off, as these are some key areas scouts consistently evaluate in a player. I also inquired about what he feels is his biggest high school football achievement to this point in his career. Barnes explained, “my biggest achievements so far are being a part of our State Championship team in 2018, being named a Scholar Athlete and earning the opportunity to play college football.” This shows how much he values team achievement as much has his own personal accomplishments.

I concluded my questions with asking about any recent college offers he has received. As well as, inquiring about any goals he has set for himself this coming season. Barnes on the offer front stated, “I currently have 23 Scholarship offers and my most recent offer was from USC.” Meaning this young defensive back is generating a lot of interest from college programs and rightfully so. In terms of goals he explained, “my goals for next season are to help my team win another State Championship and I want to break the interception record at my school.” Once again Barnes displays a want to have and celebrate team success as much as his own. Showcasing leadership intangibles that are always good to see in young players.

Ryan Barnes is a big, physically gifted corner who has a great understanding of his position. He recognizes what parts of the position he shines at and needs work on. He is a player who has clear cut goals and understands what he needs to do to showcase all his talents for scouts consistently. Which is why with a great year to come his senior campaign, Barnes will have plenty of options in terms of colleges to choose from. As he will have much interest in his services from programs everywhere for a talented DB of his ilk.

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