Barnes, who has verbally committed to Wake Forest, was informed Wednesday by his head coach B.W. Holt that Clayton's Gary Fowler had picked him to play on the N.C. team in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas.
Fowler will be the head coach of the Tar Heel squad.
Around 1 p.m. Thursday, the official word of his selection will be announced in Spartanburg, S.C., the site of the game which is set for Saturday, Dec. 20 at Wofford University's Gibbs Stadium. A video press conference announcing the game's player rosters can be linked to via http://www.shrine-bowl.com/.Kickoff for the game is at 1 p.m.
Barnes will be the 41st Rocky Mount High player all-time to be selected for the event - being played for the 72nd year.