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Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Texas Tech grabs Georgia linebacker

By Damon Sayles

Texas Tech was able to venture into the Peach State for its first commitment to come from the Southeast region. The Red Raiders also picked up a player who will help to fill a need on defense for the 2013 class.

Three-star outside linebacker Zach Barnes (Loganville, Ga./Grayson) verbally committed to Texas Tech. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound defender ultimately chose the Red Raiders over offers from BYU and Indiana.

Barnes became Texas Tech’s 16th commitment of the 2013 class. More importantly, Barnes gives the Red Raiders their second linebacker. He joins three-star Malik Jenkins (Ennis, Texas/Ennis), who committed on Sunday.

Barnes visited Texas Tech over the weekend and, while admittedly going to the school with little information about it, he knew the program was for him shortly after arriving in Lubbock, Texas. Barnes was recruited by defensive line coach John Scott Jr.

“I went there and didn’t know much about the school, but it just felt like home when I got there,” Barnes said. “The people over there are great people. They’re all about the school and the football program. I liked that small-town feeling, and I loved the academics and the winning attitude the coaches have.”

Barnes gives Texas Tech a linebacker with decent speed and good size. He is ranked No. 103 among outside linebackers and No. 111 among players in the state of Georgia.