- Cheltenham High School
Jamir Barnes Signs National Letter of Intent to Play Football at Monmouth University
One of the mainstays of the Cheltenham Panthers’ run to the Class 5A state final this season, Jamir Barnes has signed a national letter of intent to play football for the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision Monmouth Hawks in West Long Branch, N.J.
Joined by his mother Tamia Heacock, father Dewey Heacock, siblings Alexandria and Asher Heacock, grandparents and other relatives, friends, classmates, coaches and administrators, Barnes made it official this afternoon at a signing event at Cheltenham’s Little Theatre.
“I’m ready to start the next journey,” said Barnes, who earned a Maxwell Football Club 2019 Mini Max Award for his football performance, academics and community service. “Throughout this experience, I trusted my coach and teammates, and they pushed me hard.”
Lauded by CHS Coach Ryan Nase as a “versatile kid who can really do it all,” Barnes knew Monmouth was going to be his spot after meeting with MU running backs coach Sam Dorsett and quarterbacks coach /area recruiter TJ Dimuzio this past summer. They made him feel at home and had him running plays immediately.
“I hope he enjoys his college experience,” said 1994 CHS graduate Tamia Heacock. “He has worked hard as a student-athlete, and had his eye on Monmouth for a long time. His support system is here with him today, just as it has been all season and will remain when he’s at Monmouth. God is good.”
Barnes rushed for 1,323 yards (6.1 avg.) and 13 TDs and caught 17 passes for 273 yards and three TDs this season. Barnes saved his best games for the biggest games, totaling almost 800 total yards and seven TDs during the Panthers six-game playoff run. In the state semifinal versus Cocalico High School, Barnes turned in his best performance of the season, rushing for 119 yards and a TD and caught four passes for 127 yards and a TD in the Panthers dramatic 56-49 victory.
An all-league performer as a running back and defensive back, Barnes rushed for 1,201 yards and 10 TDs as a junior, making him just the fourth running back in school history to rush for 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons.
He joins a squad led by long-time coach Kevin Callahan which went 11-3 in the Big South Conference this fall and advanced to the second round of the Division 1 Football Championship Subdivision before falling to No. 2-ranked James Madison.