Blake Barnett is transferring from Alabama. What does it mean? What are the top five best schools and options? Where’s the best fit?
According to AL.com, former Alabama starting quarterback Blake Barnett has decided to transfer, putting on the market one of the nation’s most promising pro-style quarterbacks.
The hype was off the charts for the five-star recruit with 6-5, 200-pound size and the right look, arm, and skills to be one of the better pro prospect passers in the Nick Saban era, but after a year in the system, the redshirt freshman, didn’t take the starting job by the horns this offseason, leaving the door open for Jalen Hurts.
Barnett got the call against USC, and while he completed 5-of-6 passes for 100 yards and a score, it was Hurts who stole the show with his all-around abilities and two rushing touchdowns in the blowout.
Hurts looked ready to handle the gig, he’s not going anywhere for the next few years, and Barnett is getting out.
So where does Barnett go now?
The world is his with all the same schools that wanted him before ready to make the big push again. He’ll have to sit out a year before being ready to roll in 2018. What are the top five schools and best options likely on the table?
All five of these programs were in the mix with an offer for Barnett in the recruiting process in 2015.
5. Notre Dame
The program might be in a state of slight chaos at the moment depending on how the rest of the year goes, but the place will have the juice for quarterbacks considering DeShone Kizer has grown into a top five overall pick.
It wasn’t just a crazy thought to get him to come to Boulder last year. All of a sudden, with the way the program has turned into an offensive power – at least early on – and with head coach Mike MacIntyre seemingly more secure, he’d be a great get.
Bring us your tired, your poor, your huddled quarterback transfers yearning to be free. Jake Rudock worked out well coming from Iowa, and John O’Korn is the backup from Houston.
Josh Rosen probably has one more year in Westwood before taking his talents to the next-level. Barnett would be the right understudy.
Barnett hasn’t proven himself quite yet, but with Jared Goff going No. 1 in the 2016 NFL Draft, and Davis Webb rising up the charts, it’s the hot place to go. Everyone looking to throw the ball 60 times a game and get groomed to be a pro passer wants to go to Berkeley.