Former USC safety and receiver Mark Barnes has enrolled at Newberry College and will report for practice August 9th. Newberry coach Todd Knight confirmed Saturday night that Barnes had completed all the necessary steps to get into school and join his program. Barnes, who has been out of school for two years, will be eligible immediately and will have at least two seasons to play for the Red Wolves. Knight said he will start Barnes out at safety.
Barnes was one of the country’s top rated prospects in 2006. He announced his commitment to USC following the Shrine Bowl in December of that year. His freshman season at USC was disrupted by a shoulder injury that required surgery. He did appear in three game as a receiver and caught three passes, one for a touchdown.
Barnes transferred to Florida A&M before the 2008 but did not stick with that program. He returned to Columbia where he was been working the past two years.