Maryland is signing its first recruiting class under coach DJ Durkin through the day on Wednesday, and as verbal commitments make their pledges final on National Signing Day, we're bringing you introductions to these future Terps. Meet Alabama tight end Noah Barnes.
Player: Noah Barnes
Position: Tight end
High School: Auburn (Auburn, Ala.)
Height: 6 feet, 4 inches
Weight: 225 pounds
Other schools considered: Memphis (flipped), Arkansas State and Troy, per 247sports
247sports Composite: Two stars, No. 97 tight end, No. 84 in Alabama
Rivals: Two stars, No. 95 tight end, No. 82 in Alabama
ESPN: Three stars, No. 36 tight end, No. 46 in Alabama
Scout: Two stars, No. 85 in Alabama
Maryland flipped Barnes from Memphis on Jan. 24, adding another offensive piece to its class. Barnes had been previously recruited by Arkansas State when Terps offensive coordinator Walt Bell held the same position there.
Barnes has good size to provide a big target in the red zone or underneath defenses, and if he fills out a little more, he can make his blocking an asset. The Terps had room on their roster for another tight end after P.J. Gallo passed up his final season of eligibility to take a job with Goldman Sachs, so Barnes is set to join Andrew Isaacs, Derrick Hayward, Avery Edwards, Andrew Gray and Eric Roca as the other tight ends on the roster.
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Offensive coordinator Walt Bell's system relies on some production from the tight end. Arkansas State's Darion Griswold had 31 catches for 408 yards and six touchdowns in the two years Bell was the offensive coordinator for the Red Wolves. So when Barnes does find the field — Isaacs, Hayward and Edwards will likely start above him on the depth chart —he'll have the chance to make an impact.