The game will be televised nationally January 5th at 2 p.m. EST on ABC. Players will arrive in Orlando, Florida on December 31st, and practices throughout the week will be aired live on ESPNU. There will also be a Skills Challenge on January 3rd at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex. That event will be aired January 4th on ESPN2.
Barnes, a tailback/defensive back from Bunn (NC) High School, committed to NC State last month over offers from Southern Cal, Florida, Michigan, Florida State, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Auburn, and Clemson among others.
He was one of the first 40 players selected to attend the event. Also under consideration for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Game, Barnes decided to accept an early invite for the ESPNU game.
"I was nominated for the Army Bowl game, but I haven't heard from them," said Barnes. "I heard about the ESPN game and because it is the first one that invited me, I jumped all over it. Who wouldn't want to be in the first ever ESPN All-American Game?"
Joining Barnes in the game will be Chantilly (VA) Westfield quarterback Mike Glennon. Glennon accepted an invite over the past couple of days, just after he committed to the Wolfpack over offers from Michigan, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Florida, and Florida State among others.
"I just think it's going to be a lot of fun," said Glennon. "I think the ESPN game is going to become the most popular game with all the media attention and the location. I want to have fun at whatever game I play at so I thought there is no better place to play than Disney."
The game's roster is nearly complete. More than 50 of the 80-player roster has already been filled for the ESPNU High School All-American Game.
Several NC State targets are already committed to playing in the game. Fayetteville (NC) Terry Sanford tight end Dwayne Allen, Matthews (NC) Butler defensive back Spencer Adams, and Christchurch (VA) wide receiver Deion Walker will be among the participants.
Barnes is looking forward to playing with Glennon and possibly some other future teammates.
"I just watched Glennon's highlight tape today, and he looked real good," said Barnes. "He's tall, and he can really pass... he impressed me.
"I think it's a great thing. We're trying to start a new thing at State, and it would be great to play against some of the best players in the country. We'll have a chance to show our true colors. I just can't wait."