Barnes, who even missed a game (Southern Nash) to rest that shoulder, saw Dr. David Martin at Wake Forest University about a week ago and he said surgery was needed to fix his shoulder, which last popped out during the first half of the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas game in South Carolina the week before Christmas.
Barnes, who started the game for the Tar Heels, was taken out of the game in the second quarter when it happened and he wasn't allowed to return to the game.
Martin, who is in charge of sports medicine at Wake, has scheduled surgery on Barnes for Friday at Bowman-Gray Hospital in Winston-Salem.
"The recovery is about five months total so I should be ready to go by the time I head up to Wake," said Barnes, who plans to enroll at Wake during the second session summer school. "It will be nice to get this surgery out of the way so I wont have to worry about it when I am playing at Wake. I would hate to go to school in July and my shoulder messed up again and have to get surgery when I could be trying to win playing time as a young O-lineman."
Barnes, who made the Associated Press All-State team on Christmas Eve, will sign with Wake Forest on Wednesday, Feb. 4.
He should have some company that day.
So far, senior defensive end Nick Harrison and senior offensive lineman Brandon Dennis have announced that they will be signing that day with UNC-Pembroke. The upstart D-II program, in just its second season, went 9-1 as an independent.
RMHS head coach B.W. Holt feels that at least seven of his seniors should be signing by the spring.