Kyron and Kamron Barnes stand next to each other during their first game at Southern Miss. | Photo: Charlie Luttrell
Kyron and Kamron Barnes are two players who play the same position and come from the same place. They also share the same face.
Now both freshmen offensive linemen at Southern Miss, the Barnes twins came from humble beginnings in Fayette, Miss. They alternated between elementary schools in Fayette and Natchez throughout their young life until they settled at Adams County Christian School. It was here that they found their love for football.
“For the longest [time], he and I were basketball players,” Kyron said. “Had you asked me in seventh grade [what I wanted to do], the NFL was nowhere near the top. I wanted to play basketball. We played football just to keep us in shape.”
“Then, in 10th grade, we made the transition [to ACCS] … In 10th-grade basketball, we had to sit on the bench. Then, we got really big during the COVID year. I gained 50 pounds and became 290, and he was 270,” Kamron said. “When we realized how big we had gotten, we decided to take football seriously over the summer. We fell in love with it.”
And like almost everything the Barnes twins do; it was a decision they mutually agreed on.
“Everything we do is a group decision. We sat down in the locker room one day and said, ‘I really miss football.’ I was starting to like football better, and we just took off with it,” Kyron said.
The transition from basketball to football proved to be a wise decision as the Barnes twins began gaining the attention of college football coaches
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