Just before Thanksgiving, Virginia Tech rookie Marcellus Barnes decommitted from the Hokies, restarting the recruiting process. The four-star cornerback has been in contact with some of the top programs in the country and appears ready to announce his new school this Saturday.
Barnes lists Georgia, Mississippi State and Syracuse as his three finalists. He is scheduled to announce at the All-American Bowl on Saturday afternoon. Burns, who committed to Virginia Tech in June, said in November that he felt he rushed his decision and that’s why he released his contract with Brent Pry and the Hokies. .
“This has been on my mind lately and after discussing it with my family, I felt it was best for us to get things back on track,” Burns told On3 in November. . “Since I can’t go back to Blacksburg and am making other visits, I wanted to reconsider things and secure my decision in December.”
Now, if Barnes ends up choosing Georgia or Ole Miss, that would be the two best-case scenarios for Pry and the Hokies. If he chooses Syracuse, we’ll see him next season when the Hokies play the Orange in Western New York. Barnes is a cornerback who can come in and make an impact right away, and if he chooses Syracuse, he will.
If Barnes ends up with the Orange, it would be a sign of how quickly things are coming together at Syracuse under Fran Brown, who replaced Dino Babers. First, they acquired quarterback Kyle McCord, who transferred to Ohio State and will be a big change in 2024. Second, if they can land a four-star commitment away from a conference rival, that would be a big sign of what’s to come. Orange and the rest of the ACC.