Former Alabama QB Blake Barnett, who started the 2016 opener for the Crimson Tide before quickly being replaced by Jalen Hurts, reportedly will transfer to USF.
WDAE personality J.P. Peterson first reported Barnett's decision Tuesday afternoon. Barnett's father, Lance, didn't immediately respond to a text message.
Barnett, who spent the 2017 season at Arizona State, visited USF a couple of weekends ago. He will be eligible immediately as a graduate transfer, and will have two years of eligibility remaining.
Blake Barnett to USF and is immediately eligible. He might be the first college football player I've ever heard of who transferred twice and didn't have to sit out at either school. There are valid reasons, but still an interesting anecdote.— Joe Healey (@JoeHealey42) May 8, 2018
A 6-foot-5 former five-star prospect from California, Barnett was benched in favor of Jalen Hurts after two series of the '16 season opener against USC, and transferred roughly a month later. He enrolled in a community college shortly thereafter and announced in December '16 he'd transfer to ASU.
He won an appeal to the NCAA to earn immediate eligibility in Tempe, but failed to unseat incumbent Manny Wilkins last fall, attempting only five passes.
He participated in spring drills for the Sun Devils, where Wilkins again appeared to emerge as the No. 1 guy. Prior to spring practice, he married his longtime girlfriend and became a father, according to azcentral.com.
While his reported arrival clearly fortifies depth at quarterback for the Bulls, its effect on the locker room remains to be seen.
Redshirt junior Brett Kean and third-year sophomore Chris Oladokun, who shared first-team reps in the spring, have waited two and three years, respectively, behind Quinton Flowers.