Alabama QB Commit Blake Barnett Describes Recruitment, Calls Nick Saban An “Absolute Genius When It Comes To Football”

On Wednesday, Blake Barnett committed to Alabama. Rated as the No. 3 dual threat quarterback in the country by Rivals.com, the Corona, Calif. prospect pledged his allegiance to the Crimson Tide in an interview with Bleacher Report. 

Appearing on 99.1 FM’s “The Game” in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Barnett described his recruiting process and what prompted him to verbal to Nick Saban’s program. 

Some notable quotes: 

Barnett on Saban:  

“Coach Saban is an awesome coach and he’s a really nice person as well. He’s an absolute genius when it comes to football. I think that’s what comes off first. Knowing his intelligence about the game, it’s really surprising for a person that didn’t know much about it. I had only spoken to him once before meeting him in person.”

Barnett on his playing style:

“I would say a pocket passer who has an ability to extend the play. I’ve kind of been categorized as a dual-threat, which I don’t really favor too much.”

On what quarterbacks he compares to: 

“Johnny Manziel…Marcus Mariota.”

On winning at Alabama: 

“That’s the biggest mindset of all college athletes or college football players, I should say. Coming out with a national championship is a big goal for teams and especially Alabama since they have such a tradition of winning.”

On Lane Kiffin: 

“Coach Kiffin is awesome. He knows a lot about football. His past doesn’t lack success, with several quarterbacks coming out of USC and into the pros.”

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Andrew Holleran is a staff writer for College Spun who currently resides in Columbus, Ohio. You can reach him via email at Andrew@collegespun.com or on Twitter @andrewjholleran.