USC has had recent success recruiting in Jacksonville, FL and the Gamecocks have their eyes on DE Tavaris Barnes (6-5 250), a former teammate of Gamecock linebacker Shaq Wilson at First Coast High. Barnes has offers from USC, West Virginia, North Carolina, Florida State, Mississippi State, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Rutgers and South Florida. He's also getting interest from Florida.
Barnes has not taken any visits this spring but plans to go to Florida this weekend to watch spring practice. He also plans to visit USC sometime in the future.
He's been maintaining contact with Gamecock recruiter Steve Spurrier Jr. "He just asks me how I've been doing, just keeping in touch and stuff like that," Barnes said.
He does not have any favorites at this point. Last season Barnes 80 tackles with 20 for losses and 6 sacks. Barnes played in just six games last season missing four with a sprained ankle.