Marcellus Barnes Jr.

  • Pos CB
  • Height 6-1
  • Weight 165

Prospect Info

Syracuse Orange

  • Jersey #7
  • Class FR
  • Age 18

As a Prospect


  • Class 2024
  • Committed 1/6/2024
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H.S. Scouting Report

Evaluated 01/04/2024

Cooper Petagna National Recruiting Analyst



Verified at 5-foot-11 plus and 165-pounds, appears to possess growth potential to add additional weight to his frame. Displays above average athleticism at the corner position. Exhibits some position versatility, showing the ability to play inside as a nickel corner and as an off ball safety in the deep third.

Demonstrates good short area quickness and change of direction ability at the corner position. Shows the ability to plant and drive out of his back pedal. Possesses some slight hip stiffness and has a tendency to play high at times in man-to-man coverage. Displays good play and recovery speed showing the ability to play the deep part of the field. Appears to have average play strength but doesn’t lack willingness as a tackler in the open field or run support. Projects more to a zone scheme early on in his physical development as he continues to add weight to his frame. Accounted for five interceptions as a senior, flashing some ball skills and ball production when playing off ball.

Projects to a Power Five multi-year starter at the next level that will need to add considerable weight to his frame before seeing considerable snaps on Saturdays. Possesses redeeming qualities including a 10.88 100-meter times that translates between the white lines. Has flashed some instincts in the short to intermediate part of the field as a nickel corner that could suggest that’s where his future is at the next level.

H.S. Athletic Background

Also runs track.
A two-time state qualifier in the 100-meter dash.
Owns a 10.54 in the 100-meter dash and has also logged 10.88, 10.91, 11.05 and 11.10 efforts to go along with a personal-best 22.67 in the 200-meter dash.
2023: Helped McCallie to a 12-1 record and a Tennessee Division II 3A state championship. Finished the year with 56 tackles (3.5 TFL) 11 PBU and 5 INT. Picked off 11 passes across 3 varsity seasons.
2022: Recorded 33 tackles, 5 PBU, 2 FR and an INT as a junior.
2021: Breakout sophomore season included 27 tackles, 6 PBU and 5 INT.
- Andrew Ivins

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