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Reports: Blake Barnett transferring to USF

The starter in Alabama's 2016 opener, Barnett would be eligible immediately for the Bulls as a graduate transfer
Alabama freshman quarterback Blake Barnett speaks to the media during an NCAA college football national signing day press conference, Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
Published May 8, 2018
Updated May 8, 2018

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.

Related: Report: Former 'Bama starting QB to visit USF

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.

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.

Related: Experience doesn't always ease the way for graduate transfer quarterbacks

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.

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