Ex-Alabama QB Blake Barnett drawing significant interest from major programs

Plenty of major programs are lining up for a shot at former five-star quarterback recruit Blake Barnett, who announced his decision to transfer from defending national champion Alabama after losing the starting job earlier this year.

According to a report from 247Sports.com on Tuesday, Barnett’s high school football coach mentioned a handful of teams that have already reached out.

One team that directly reached out to Barnett was Texas A&M.

From the report:

Texas A&M has already contacted Barnett directly, 247Sports learned Tuesday — an intriguing subplot given the Aggies and Alabama share SEC West real estate.

Jeff Steinberg, who coached Barnett in high school, told 247Sports in a separate conversation that Pac-12 schools Oregon, UCLA, Washington and Cal had spoken with him about his former pupil.

Michigan State, Miami and Florida have also expressed interest.

If everything plays out according to plan, Barnett should have a decision sooner rather than later.

“I could see him narrowing it down fairly quickly,” Steinberg said, “and trying to make a decision by Christmastime.”

It will certainly be interesting to see where the highly-touted quarterback eventually lands, but it appears clear he is poised to join a major program. The next question will be whether Barnett is eligible to play in 2017.

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