The Golden State native spent last football season refining his skills as the acting scout team quarterback. Barnett, enrolled since January 2015, is poised to become the next Bama starting signal caller. Teammates raved of his dual-threat capabilities prominently on display during preparation for the College Football Playoff Semifinals and Finals. Ironically, Alabama opens up the season against USC in a neutral site game to be held in Arlington, Texas on September 3rd. The Tide offense could be operating under the direction of a “California Cool” leader – Blake Barnett.
He traveled from the West Coast to Tuscaloosa bearing a Scout.com five-star rating and possessing the interviewing savvy repartee a Hollywood public relations agent would admire. Barnett grasped the game of football and mastered the media skills as a student at Santiago High School (Corona, CA). The broadcast communications training is valuable since the starting quarterback at The University of Alabama is under the constant glare of the spotlight as one of the most visible and frequently quoted figures in the state.
Ryan Maine was the Sharks’ co-offensive coordinator in Barnett’s senior year and also his video production teacher. He played quarterback for the University of San Diego under the tutelage of current Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh. Coincidentally, the Santiago High School defensive coordinator is Jeff Reitz, an Alabama graduate (BS Exercise Science). He was an assistant strength and conditioning coach at The Capstone (1993-96) during the Gene Stallings era.
BamaMag.com met with Maine on the Riverside County high school campus to discuss his former pupil. He is familiar with the mental capacity and physical attributes of the 6-5, 205 pound potential starter.