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Rivals 3 Stripe Camp Insider: FSU targets shine in Orlando

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OL William Barnes was solid once again.
OL William Barnes was solid once again.

ORLANDO -- The much-anticipated Rivals 3 Stripe Camp series made its way to the state of Florida on Sunday morning and afternoon, and several Florida State targets were on hand to deliver impressive performances.

Here's a look at how some of those prospects performed and where the Seminoles stand in their recruitment.

OL Barnes claims another MVP honor, will visit FSU this week

Rivals100 offensive tackle William Barnes of Apopka has made it a regular occurrence to take home MVP honors as the best offensive lineman at a variety of camps.

He previously did it at Under Armour and Nike events, and on Sunday he added more hardware when he was named OL MVP at the Rivals 3 Stripe Camp in Orlando. Barnes also punched his ticket for an invitation to the Five-Star Challenge later this summer.

Barnes dominated the one-on-one portion of the camp as usual, showing quick feet and a thunderous punch off the line of scrimmage. He drew praise consistently from the Rivals camp coaches at the event. Barnes also showed off his footwork throughout much of the day and won the majority of his reps. While he made it look easy, Barnes said it definitely was a challenge.

"You can always get better and you are never perfect," Barnes said. "I just took in the coaching and corrected some things throughout the day in finishing my blocks. It's a blessing and an honor to get an invite for the Five-Star Challenge."

While he isn't in a hurry to make a decision at this time, it appears FSU, UF and North Carolina have already caught Barnes' attention. When it comes to the Seminoles, the four-star lineman is still talking about how much he enjoyed his recent visit to Tallahassee and how comfortable he is with all aspects of the program.

"Oh, I loved that visit. It exceeded my expectations," Barnes said. "They are very high on my list. I definitely enjoyed talking with Coach [Rick] Trickett and Coach Jimbo [Fisher]. They are great people. The thing about that trip was the campus life was amazing. I had a great vibe about the visit."

Barnes said one of the things he noticed immediately was how welcoming the current players were with the recruits and how well they all seemed to get along.

"The talk with the players was awesome," he said. "They were real about everything, and you didn't feel pressured or anything like that. My comfort there was very good. I felt right at home."

FSU won't have to wait long for Barnes' next trip to FSU as he confirmed to Warchant that he will be making another visit this week.

"I will be back over there Monday," Barnes said. "I'm going to get more into the classroom, education area at FSU for this visit. So just get a little more details on this stuff. My parents are going to be there as well. My dad is a huge Florida State fan so he, along with my mom, liked what they saw on the visit and want to learn even more this time around."


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