D’Andre Barnes redshirted in his first season at Nebraska.
Before Nebraska (Regis Jesuit High School)
Barnes was a standout football player and track star at Regis Jesuit High School in Colorado. On the gridiron, he excelled as a defensive back, wide receiver and kick returner.
As a senior, Barnes caught 37 passes for 785 yards and nine touchdowns, according to MaxPreps. On defense, he recorded 55 tackles with six interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown. Barnes averaged 27.4 yards on nine kickoff returns with a 92-yard touchdown and 7.2 yards on 13 punt returns. Barnes was an honorable-mention all-state selection as a senior. In his junior season, Barnes had 37 receptions for 645 yards and seven touchdowns. He made six tackles and had one interception on defense while averaging 24.2 yards on nine kickoff returns. Barnes had one pass breakup as a sophomore and averaged 44.2 yards on five kickoff returns, including a 99-yard touchdown.
On the track, Barnes was the Colorado 5A 200-meter dash champion as a sophomore with a winning time of 21.69 seconds. He also finished third (10.91) in the 100-meter dash.
Barnes was regarded as a three-star prospect and was ranked among the top 60 cornerbacks in the country by ESPN. Barnes chose Nebraska over BYU, Air Force and Wyoming, among others.