4-star quarterback Blake Barnett commits to Alabama

By: Miranda Mason, Drew Champlin Email
By: Miranda Mason, Drew Champlin Email

Quarterback Blake Barnett has committed to Alabama.

Barnett, a 4-star from Corona, Calif., announced his commitment on Bleacher Report.

"When I went down there, I absolutely fell in love with the coaches, with the school itself. I think Alabama's the place for me. I think it's the place that's going to develop me as a person and as an athlete," Barnett told Bleacher Report.

Barnett visited Alabama late last week with his family. He was scheduled to visit Oregon later this week, but that may not happen with his commitment to Alabama.

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The 6-foot-3, 195-pound Barnett, who stars at Santiago High School, is rated as a 4-star on the 247Sports composite. He gives Alabama its 19th commitment of the 2015 class. He was recruited to Alabama primarily by Lane Kiffin.

"What people don't see is the mental part of the game, with his leadership and high character," Santiago High School head coach Jeff Steinberg told AL.com. "He's working on his speed development and his quarterback skills, but he's not out there telling everyone about it."

Steinberg said Barnett would be a December graduate and enroll at Alabama in the spring of 2015.

On the 247Sports composite, Barnett is ranked as the No. 65 overall prospect and No. 3 dual-threat quarterback in the country. Alabama runs a pro-style offense, but can use someone with Barnett's mobility.

"No matter what, in this day in age, you need to be able to extend plays," Steinberg said. "The more stuff you can do, the better. He's done work in the shotgun and under center."

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