Hog Futures: Jarrod Barnes:

'Extraordinary athlete' can contribute this season, high school coach says

Malham: No athlete from school compares

By: Steve Rogers
Published: Thursday, August 17, 2017
Cabot quarterback Jarrod Barnes runs against the Bentonville West defense on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, during their first round playoff game at the Tiger Athletic Complex in Bentonville.
Photo by Jason Ivester
Cabot quarterback Jarrod Barnes runs against the Bentonville West defense on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, during their first round playoff game at the Tiger Athletic Complex in Bentonville.

In his four decades around Cabot High School football, Mike Malham Jr. says he has not seen anything like Jarrod Barnes.

Barnes at a glance

CLASS Freshman

POSITION Wide receiver

HEIGHT/WEIGHT 5-11, 178 pounds

HOMETOWN Cabot

HIGH SCHOOL Cabot High School

AGE 18 (born Jan. 2, 1999)

NOTEWORTHY First in-state player in the 2017 recruiting class to commit to Arkansas. … Rated the No. 4 prospect in the state by Rivals.com and No. 7 by ESPN.com. … As a senior, rushed for 867 yards and 14 touchdowns, and passed for 697 yards and 5 touchdowns, despite being slowed for nearly half the season with a high ankle sprain. Also returned an interception 47 yards for a touchdown. … As a junior, led Cabot’s football team to the 7A/6A-East Conference championship, won the Class 7A state title in the long jump and won the 7A-Central Conference title in the 100 meters. Also scored 14 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter in Cabot’s 59-49 victory over Bentonville in the Class 7A state boys basketball final. … Son of Gretchen Juergens and Jarrod Barnes.

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