Top backup candidate at left defensive end headed into the fall ... Had two tackles in Maroon and White spring game (4/21/12).
2011: Redshirted in 2011 ... Named Defensive Scout Player of Week (9/17/11) vs. Oregon.
High School: Was a Class 3 first-team all-state defensive lineman as a senior in 2010 for coach Leon Hite at Trinity Catholic High in St. Louis ... Helped the Titans to a 6-4 mark his senior year after a 7-3 junior year ... Earned AAA all-conference honors on both sides of the ball and St. Louis Post-Dispatch All-Metro second team honors ... Recorded 40 tackles, 7 sacks, 20 solos and 4 forced fumbles in 2010 ... Was a Class 3 All-State second teamer in 2009, also claiming all-conference honors for a district championship squad with 60 tackles, 11 sacks and 20 solos.
Personal: James Ellis Barnes, Jr., was born 12/31/91 in St. Louis, Mo. ... Son of James Barnes, Sr., and Karen Barnes ... Has four siblings -- Jordan, Jackson, JaVaughn, and D'landol ... Father was a running back at Oklahoma ... Undecided on major.