ACC rival is reportedly the leader to land former Virginia Tech football four-star recruit

Marcellus Barnes, Jr. de-committed from Virginia Tech in November to reopen his recruiting, and an ACC foe and rival is reportedly the leading candidate to land him which would be a stunning development.

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Four-star cornerback Marcellus Barnes, Jr. decommitted from Virginia Tech in November to reopen his recruitment. One of the top defensive backs in the Class of 2024, the Tennessee native has several suitors to land him soon.

Since he de-committed, schools have been lining up to get him, but according to On3, an ACC school and a Hokies' 2024 opponent is the heavy favorite to land him.

Syracuse is the leading candidate to get Marcellus Barnes, Jr.

According to On3, Syracuse is the favorite to get a commitment from Barnes, who recently visited Western New York with Orange's new coach Fran Brown. He has a long list of offers waiting for him, including Florida State, Tennessee, Georgia, and Vanderbilt just to name a few. He de-committed from Virginia Tech because he felt like he rushed his decision to come to Blacksburg he said last month.

“This has been on my mind lately, and after talking to my family about it, opening things back up is what we feel is best for me,” Barnes said. “I have not been able to get back to Blacksburg and I have been taking other visits, so I wanted to re-think things and make sure of my decision in December.”

Of course, Barnes may not end up with Syracuse, but after his visit, they are the predicted leader, and what a turn that would be. There is no doubt that he is one of the top DBs in the Class of 2024, but if he ends up with the Orange, Brown is doing one heck of a job of quickly reshaping the roster and making the Orange a team to be reckoned with next season. They also will host Virginia Tech in 2024.

First, he got former Ohio State quarterback Kyle McCord in the transfer portal Sunday and now as the leader for Barnes, things are getting interesting during the recruiting period in December where surprise decisions are coming from all over college football.


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