It appears Blake Barnett‘s move to a third new college football home is all but official.
Earlier this month, reports surfaced that Barnett would be transferring to USF after taking a visit to the South Florida Campus. Friday, another report has the quarterback enrolling in classes at the university, setting the stage for Barnett to join his new team this summer.
As a graduate transfer, Barnett will be eligible to compete immediately with the Bulls. The move to the AAC school makes sense for Barnett as USF is looking to replace long-time starting quarterback Quinton Flowers, with redshirt junior Brett Kean and redshirt sophomore Chris Oladokun, who were essentially co-starters during the spring, set to resume their battle in summer camp in early August.
In April of this year, Barnett decided to transfer from Arizona State. That move came roughly a year and a half after he transferred to ASU from Alabama.
Barnett, who started Alabama’s 2016 opener against USC but held on to the job for just two series before being replaced by Jalen Hurts, was a five-star 2015 recruit who 247Sports.com rated as the No. 2 pro-style quarterback in the country. The California high school product originally committed to Notre Dame in November of 2013 before decommitting from the Irish in June of the following year.
The past two seasons, Barnett has attempted a total of 24 passes, with just five of those attempts coming as a member of the Sun Devils. He has completed 14 of those two dozen passes for 259 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.
With the Bulls, Barnett will have two years of eligibility remaining.
UPDATED 12:31 p.m. ET: USF confirmed the addition of Barnett to the Bulls football team in a press release.
First an Ivy League school and now this.
After being wooed and pursued heavily by Alabama, four-star 2018 quarterback Brevin White opted to sign with Princeton this past February. Fast-forward three months or so, and the defending national champion Crimson Tide have been in pursuit of another four-star quarterback, this one from the Class of 2019 — Arizona high schooler Jacob Conover.
Sunday night, Conover announced on his personal Twitter account that he has committed to playing his college football at… BYU.
While Conover is a Class of 2019 recruit, he won’t see the field for the Cougars or anyone else that season as he is planning on taking a two-year LDS mission after he graduates from high school next year. Thus, the earliest he’d be available to any school football-wise is 2021.
247Sports.com rates Conover as the No. 9 pro-style quarterback in the country. In addition to BYU and Alabama, Conover held offers from, among others, Arizona State, Arizona, Northwestern, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Washington State and Wisconsin.
Don’t feel bad for Alabama’s future under center, though, as they already have a commitment from 2019 four-star quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa, the brother of the Tide’s national championship game hero, as well as the four-star great-grandson of the legendary Bear Bryant.
With Arizona taking members of the athletics department across the state to meet alums and fans, one particular stop ruffled more than enough feathers in Tempe to cause some problems. Tempe, of course, is the home to Arizona State, and Sun Devil fans were none too pleased to hear the rival Wildcats were planning a road tour stop at a local brewery.
A free event for Arizona fans featuring new head coach Kevin Sumlin was to take place at Pedal Haus Brewery in Tempe on Monday, May 21. However, after the venue received numerous complaints from Arizona State fans, the event was moved to a different location located in Scottsdale.
Making this a bit more humorous is the owner of the Pedal Haus Brewery is an Arizona State alum. So how does the owner of the pub allow for an Arizona event to be approved? According to a report from ABC 15, the owner of the brewery was approached about the event by a third party and was unaware the event was to serve as a Wildcat off-season rally.
“Our commitment is to ASU. Always has been and always will be,” Pedal Haus Brewery owner Julian Wright said. “We’re big fans and big supporters of the university and the sports program.”
The brewery is located about one mile off Arizona State’s campus. Nice try by Arizona, you have to admit.
Arizona State head coach Herm Edwards is adding to his football staff by bringing in someone very familiar with Arizona State football. Al Luginbill, a former Sun Devils defensive coordinator, has been named Director of Player Personnel by Arizona State, according to a released statement on Thursday.
“Building an elite college football program begins with talent evaluation,” Edwards said in the statement. “Al has been one of the most respected talent evaluators in the game of football for over four decades. He has experience in talent evaluation at every level of football. He’s always been on the cutting edge of talent evaluation, whether it was by creating successful companies or developing concepts such as the annual Under Armour All-American game or NFL football overseas. We are extremely fortunate to have someone of his caliber join our staff.”
Luginbill was a part owner of Football Scouts Inc. and has helped develop a recruiting database that has since been acquired by ESPN. Luginbill was an assistant coach at Arizona State from 1972 to 1973 and later joined the staff as a linebackers coach in 1979 after some other coaching stops. In 1982, Luginbill was promoted to defensive coordinator. Luginbill was hired to be the head coach at San Diego State in 1989 and later coached in NFL Europe and in the Arena Football League. Luginbill was also the head coach of the XFL’s Los Angeles Xtreme and won the league’s only Million Dollar Game.
Luginbill’s son, Tom Luginbill, is currently an analyst for ESPN.
Just as quickly as this came up, this particular graduate transfer situation could be resolved in relatively short order.
Not long after it was confirmed that Joe Burrow would be transferring from Ohio State, reports had LSU and Cincinnati being granted permission to speak to the quarterback. A day later, Bruce Feldman of SI.com reported that Burrow has a pair of visits lined up over the next few days — Thursday to Cincinnati, this weekend to LSU.
It’s also been reported that Arizona State, Arkansas and Wyoming as schools that have already shown some level of interest; there is also, however, speculation that Burrow could make his decision as early as this weekend, making it uncertain if those schools, or any other for that matter, get a visit from the sought-after grad transfer who will have two years of eligibility remaining at whichever school at which he lands.
Burrow was a four-star member of OSU’s 2015 recruiting class who was rated as the No. 8 dual-threat quarterback in the country. As J.T. Barrett’s primary backup in 2016, Burrow completed 22 of his 28 pass attempts for 226 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He was the favorite to hold on to that job in 2017 as well before he was sidelined with a broken bone in his right (throwing) hand.
With Burrow sidelined for the first month of the season, Dwayne Haskins took over as the No. 2 quarterback behind Barrett. Haskins completed 40 of his 57 pass attempts for 565 yards and four touchdowns in eight games last season, including a memorable relief appearance in yet another win over rival Michigan. The performance in The Game helped solidify Haskins as the favorite to replace Barrett heading into the offseason.
After apparently seeing the writing on the quarterback room wall, Burrow opted to leave the Buckeyes not long after the end of spring practice.