Saluda lineman Kwamelle Barnes, right, signs to play college football at South Carolina State. Joining him from left are his father, Roy Barnes and mother, Marilyn Barnes.
(Jordan Anders | Index-Journal)
SALUDA — Saluda High School defensive/offensive lineman Kwamelle Barnes isn't one for big crowds, which made getting up and addressing his peers at Wednesday's National Signing Day ceremony a bit scary.
But, shaky though he was, it didn't damper his enthusiasm about signing his national letter of intent to play at South Carolina State.
"I was really nervous at first, because I'm not really used to talking in front of a lot of people," Barnes said, chuckling. "But I was glad to get it off my chest and glad to make my school proud and my family proud. Many people from Saluda don't really get this opportunity, so I feel very blessed. It's an amazing experience."
Though he considered offers to walk on at Louisiana State and Marshall, Barnes ultimately chose to take SCSU's offer, and will play offensive lineman there.
Named a three-star recruit by Scout.com, and a Top 100 prospect by the High School Sports Report, the towering 6-foot-5, 315-pound lineman brings a physique tailor-made to be a successful offensive lineman for the Bulldogs.
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