Tuscaloosa, AL, United States (4E Sports) – Top quarterback prospect Blake Barnett has picked Alabama as his college destination, choosing the Crimson Tide over Oregon.
Barnett’s commitment came after Alabama lost a pledge from four-star quarterback Ricky Town in January.
Barnett, No. 56 player in the national ranking, announced his decision live on BleacherReport.com.
“I think when I went back there and speaking to the coaches ahead of time, that’s when I really started to figure out that that was the place I really wanted to be,” Barnett said.
“I think academically, athletically and as a person as well, I think it will develop me the best for my life in general. I fell in love with the campus itself and with the facilities obviously, but I think what Alabama can develop me to be is what really convinced me,” he added.
Barnett’s relationship with Alabama coach Nick Saban and new offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin was also key.
” Those are the guys who will be coaching me, and I feel very comfortable with them,” said Barnett, who was previously a Notre Dame pledge.
“I think I committed too early,” he said of his initial Fighting Irish decision. “I made an impulse decision based off of emotion with my family. We kind of rushed in to things. I regret that [committing to Notre Dame] to this day.”
As a junior at Santiago High School in Corona, California, Barnett threw for more than 2,300 yards and 22 touchdowns while also rushing for nearly 700 yards and 13 more scores.
The Crimson Tide now have 19 commitments. Alabama currently has the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class. It has had the top class for the past three years.