Barnett announced his decision via a live video stream on Bleacher Report Wednesday morning. This comes just months after four-star signal-caller Ricky Town recommitted from Alabama in January, which many claimed to be because of the Tide’s hiring of Kiffin. Now fresh off another incredible season, the rich get richer as Alabama has a future under center following the AJ McCarron era, although it will start a year late.
That’s right: Barnett is a class of 2015 quarterback, which means he still has his senior season left to play at Santiago High School in Corona, Calif. Although playing at Oregon would have kept him closer to home, he says moving “all the way out” to Alabama won’t be an issue and he’s excited to play for Kiffin and Alabama head coach Nick Saban.
In fact, Barnett said his relationship with Saban and Kiffin was key to him choosing the Tide over the Ducks. Of course, three national titles over the past five years and the fame experienced by McCarron definitely didn’t hurt Bama’s chances of landing the four-star recruit.
At 6-foot-5 and 250 pounds, Barnett is classified as a dual-threat quarterback; he can run as well as throw, although he’ll likely be doing more of the latter in Bama’s offense. Either way, the Tide’s staff is making sure the team will be remain a title contender for quite a while.
The Alabama Crimson Tide will begin their season on August 30 against the West Virginia Mountaineers in Atlanta. Conference games will be held against Ole Miss, Tennessee and Auburn. The Alabama Crimson Tide football schedule will see the team’s final home game of the season be played on November 29 against Auburn.