Charlie Strong has little to say about his newest QB

USF coach Charlie Strong remains mostly mum on Bulls graduate-transfer quarterback Blake Barnett. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times]
USF coach Charlie Strong remains mostly mum on Bulls graduate-transfer quarterback Blake Barnett. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times]
Published May 18
Updated May 18

On the same day USF formally announced the addition of QB Blake Barnett, the prominent graduate transfer's new coach had little to say about him.

Reached Friday afternoon at TPC Tampa Bay, where he was hosting a fundraising golf tournament for Bulls football, Coach Charlie Strong declined to elaborate on Barnett, a former consensus five-star prospect who already has logged brief stints at Alabama and Arizona State.

So what does Strong think he'll bring to USF? "Let's just wait and see," he said.

Will he get a chance to compete for the job in 2018? "He's on scholarship," Strong added.

Strong refused to discuss if he recruited Barnett — or whether Barnett was on his radar — while he was coach at Texas. By contrast, Barnett was more forthcoming to CBS Sports' Barrett Sallee, saying he's of the impression he'll compete with USF veterans Brett Kean and Chris Oladokun for the No. 1 job this summer.

Related: What it's like to be a grad transfer quarterback

"That's all I could ask for," said Barnett, who spent the 2017 season at Arizona State but attempted only five passes in a backup role.

"That's really all I asked for going to Arizona State — an opportunity to compete. I understand that starting jobs aren't promised, and that's what I expect from a coach. That's my biggest thing about going to South Florida. Tampa's beautiful, I love the coaching staff, I like [offensive coordinator] Sterlin Gilbert a lot. I like…Strong a lot. He seems like a very good man."

A consensus five-star prospect from Corona, Calif., Barnett (6-foot-5, 217 pounds) was a 2015 Under Armour All-American and participated in Nike's "The Opening." He passed for 3,404 yards and 23 touchdowns in 11 games as a senior at Santiago High School, running for 479 yards and seven TDs.

He started the 2016 opener for Alabama against USC, but was pulled in favor of Jalen Hurts in the first half. He finished 11-for-19 for 219 yards and two TDs in three appearances for the Crimson Tide before transferring later that season.

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