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Van Alstyne's Barnes, Monge Sign with OBU

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VAN ALSTYNE, TX -- Big signing day at Van Alstyne High where star running back Jordan Barnes signed his letter of intent.  The All-State back is headed to play for Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Oklahoma.

Barnes had a break-out senior season, rushing for 2,703 yards.

In week 5 of the 2011-2012 season, Barnes was named the Texas Built Ford Tough 3A High School football player of the week after his record-breaking performance against Farmersville.

The Panthers running back rushed for 522 yards with 6 touchdowns, launching him into the Texas high school history books as the 5th all-time single game rusher.

Barnes is part of OBU's first football team since 1940 and is excited to help start up a program.

"Not only am I going to get to play football, but I get a great education. I'm excited," Barnes said, "They haven't had football in 70-something years. I'm ready to get out there and win a national championship with them."

But before Barnes reports to OBU, he's participating in the Oil Bowl which is a Texas vs. Oklahoma high school All Star game in June.

And joining Barnes at Oklahoma Baptist is a familiar teammate and one of his good friends.

Van Alstyne offensive lineman Manuel Monge will continue to block for Barnes as he inked to play for the Bisons.

It doesn't bother Monge at all that OBU will practice for a year before playing their first contest - He knows it's the right fit for him.

"Expectations are to try and do the best we can, and possibly win a national championship, or something. I don't know; we'll see what happens," Monge explained.

Congratulations to the pair!