Arizona football recruiting: 3-star cornerback McKenzie Barnes commits to Wildcats

On Saturday, the Arizona Wildcats added their 11th commitment in their 2018 class, landing McKenzie Barnes, a 3-star cornerback from Edison High School (Fresno, Calif).

Barnes is the No. 151 cornerback in the country, according to Scout.com.

Barnes’ recruitment came down to three schools, with the ‘Cats joined by Oregon and Washington State.

“The trip was pretty good,” Barnes said earlier this week about his visit to Arizona. “I got a lot of one-on-one time with coaches and some of the players.”

Barnes has also established great relationships with multiple coaches on the staff including Vince Amey, Marcel Yates, and Chris Singletary. An aspect that really stood out to him during his trip to campus at the end of July was an education and life skills meeting he attended.

“They asked me a couple of my goals and they set out a plan for me to accomplish them,” Barnes said. “It was a one-on-one experience.”

Barnes has good size and good speed that helps in the secondary. He does need work on his man-to-man coverage skills and turning his hips around.

Overall, I do think it is a good pickup for the ‘Cats, but he will need some development at the next level to reach his full potential.


2018 Arizona football commits

Name Position Position Ranking Rating Height Weight High School City
Name Position Position Ranking Rating Height Weight High School City
Armani Adams S 86 *** 5-11 180 Lakewood Saint Petersburg, FL
McKenzie Barnes CB 151 *** 6-0 170 Edison Fresno, CA
Jaiden Dockery S 37 *** 6-0 185 Lancaster Lancaster, TX
Jhevon Hill ATH 40 *** 6-3 185 Cajon San Bernardino, CA
Mykee Irving DT 73 *** 6-2 305 Calabasas Calabasas, CA
Issaiah Johnson ILB 43 *** 6-3 220 Los Alamitos Los Alamitos, CA
Jamarye Joiner DT-QB 22 *** 6-3 200 Cienega Vail, AZ
Jaden Mitchell WR 208 *** 6-0 180 Desert Pines Las Vegas, NV
Darrius Smith RB 141 ** 5-9 170 Dawson Pearland, TX
Josh Walker DT 84 *** 6-2 285 IMG Academy Bradenton, FL
David Watson OT 116 *** 6-6 300 Amphitheater Tucson, AZ

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