Quarterback recruit Blake Barnett has committed to Alabama over Oregon, a move from the Corona (Calif.) Santiago prospect that is somewhat surprising. The four-star recruit was a recent decommit from the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Most expected the extremely mobile Barnett to pick Oregon, as his skills fit well with the Ducks.
But the recent visit to Alabama, and meeting with coaches Nick Saban and Lane Kiffin, won him over. Barnett cited the multiple quarterbacks Kiffin had produced when he was at USC, and it's easy to see Kiffin's West Coast connections paying off for Alabama on the recruiting trail.
Barnett stands 6'3 and checks in at 190 pounds.
Barnett is a player who naturally escapes pressure when in the pocket, is dangerous as a runner and is an accurate passer. His arm strength is good, but it is not huge. Nonetheless, he is an excellent quarterback prospect, one of the best in the country. He is also an early enrollee. It is yet to be seen how Alabama will feature his mobility, as Saban's and Kiffin's offenses have traditionally preferred pocket passers.
Alabama is seen as a lock to land the No. 1 recruiting class in the country and is now at 19 commitments, an incredible 15 of which are rated as four-stars or better by the 247sports.com composite.