Four-star OT William Barnes spurns traditional powers with commitment Twitter/William Barnes

This wasn’t a huge surprise, but on a day where teams like Georgia, Ohio State, and Texas were cleaning up, it was definitely a change of pace.

On Wednesday’s National Signing Day, four-star offensive tackle William Barnes (6-foot-4, 325 pounds, Apopka, Fla.) announced that he had committed to play with North Carolina.

Barnes also had offers from schools like Alabama, Georgia, and Florida.

The Tar Heels became the favorite after Barnes took an official visit in January. This is via Don Callahan of 247Sports:

William Barnes’ long awaited North Carolina return didn’t disappoint. In fact, it might have built upon UNC’s perceived lead with the four-star offensive tackle.

“It puts them really high up in my recruiting list, honestly,” Barnes said of his official visit to UNC over the weekend. “I really like UNC after this trip.”

With the commit, Barnes becomes the highest-rated recruit in North Carolina’s 2018 class. Barnes ranks as the No. 5 offensive tackle in the nation and the No. 53 overall recruit per the 247Sports Composite.

Joseph has been covering college basketball for nearly a decade. He's also the co-host of the Off The Wall podcast. Marty Jannetty is better than HBK.
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