Lee County offensive tackle Chris Barnes has made strides since starting as a freshman on the varsity squad. At 6-foot-4 and 285 pounds, Barnes displays above-average size and ability. He runs a 5.20 forty time and also possesses a 28 inch vertical, which he displays on the basketball court for the Trojans as their starting center. Barnes is a beast in the weight room benching 330 pounds while squatting 445 pounds. Currently he is ranked as a three-star prospect and was named to the ESPN Junior 300 in July, recognizing him as one of the best juniors in the nation. Aside from being named to the Georgia Elite Junior Classic, Chris is also on the watch list for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. He says that it is an honor to be named to the ESPN Junior 300 and to be on the watch list. “All of the hard work that I have been doing in the weight room and with my team on the field is paying off.” Barnes has offers from the likes of Ole Miss and Mississippi State and is expected to see even more prestigious programs start flocking his way. Barnes was named All-Region last season and is expected to have a strangle hold on the award again this year. He participated in the MVP Camp hosted by Chad Simmons this offseason where he was able to test his skills against other top players. Head coach Dean Fabrizio believes that Barnes could play guard in college and notes his good pulling ability. Barnes is a well-rounded kid according to Fabrizio and believes that Barnes will be successful at whatever he chooses to do. By the end of next year, Fabrizio expects Barnes to be one of the most recruited linemen in the state and figures his dominance will only continue to build at the high school level for his senior campaign.