With his senior year of football still before him, Dawson County High School safety Logan Barnes has committed to play football at the next level with the FCS Division I Wofford Terriers.
Barnes announced his confirmation on Twitter July 11.
“I am truly honored and blessed to say that I have committed to play D1 Football for @Wofford_FB #define19,” he wrote.
Transferring from Lambert High School at the beginning of his sophomore year, Barnes made an immediate impact on the Tiger’s defense from the strong safety position.
“He brought with him a set of intangibles that can’t be coached” said Coach Bradley Fowler when asked what sets Barnes apart on defense.
These intangibles were on full display during his junior season as he amassed 122 total tackles (5TFL), three forced fumbles with one recovery and an interception. Averaging over 10 tackles a game and demonstrating an ability to close on the ball carrier all contributed to Wofford’s interest in the junior safety.
Although his focus and intensity are on preparing for his final season with Dawson County, Barnes said he is excited for the challenges of the next level.
Barnes said “the speed of the game” is what he expects to be most challenging about moving to Division 1 football.
“It is definitely faster at the next level,” he said.
Barnes’ speed is playing a part in his move to Wofford as they will be transferring him from the safety position to outside linebacker, where he is expected to be a powerful presence against opposing running backs.
Knowing that his future in football is secured has allowed Barnes to look forward to the upcoming season and the opportunity to build upon the team’s runner-up finish in 2017.
When asked to reflect on his high school career as it stands so far, and what he will take with him from his time at Dawson County, he was quick to reply.
“Knowing my coaches have prepared me and my teammates for everything… Just life in general,” he said. “And that they are all father figures that I will always be able to reach out to if I am in need.”