California QB Commits to Alabama

Jimmy Barnes is a 6-5, 225 quarterback from Los Alamitos High School in Los Alamitos, California. As a junior, Barnes had 2,321 yards passing with 21 touchdowns. Barnes made his commitment for the University of Alabama.

"I committed a couple of weeks ago. We just kept it in the family for a while until we felt the time was right. I called Coach Shula and Coach Rader and let them know. They seemed very excited and kind of shocked," said Jimmy Barnes.

Barnes had several reasons for choosing Alabama.

"I really liked the coaching staff a lot more than any other coaching staffs that I had met. The school is great. The football program is awesome. Everybody in Alabama just loves football. It is a real friendly town and I love the atmosphere. The SEC is the best conference in America, and that's the conference I wanted to play in."

Though Alabama was always his leader, a few other schools were also high on Barnes list.

"Alabama was always on top. I was also considering NC State, Colorado State, Notre Dame, and Miami. All those schools had offered me. I liked the tradition, coaching staff, facilities, and being down in the south at Alabama a lot more than the other schools," said Barnes.

When asked about a redshirt year, Barnes replied, "It is a possibility. I plan to come in and compete as soon as I get there. I am coming there to play, not redshirt."

Barnes had a lot to say about the Alabama coaches.

"Coach Rader is the one who recruited me. He has a great understanding of the game. He coached Coach Shula and has been around Alabama for a long time. He knows how to win. He was a quarterback, unlike some quarterback coaches who played on the offensive line. Coach Shula is a great guy. It's good to have a head coach that played quarterback. Coach Shula is going to help Alabama out a lot and is going to be there for a long time," said Barnes.

As the Alabama coaches continue recruiting other top players, Barnes will now begin his recruiting as well.

"I am going to try and get all the guys I can get. It doesn't matter if your Johnny Unitas, you can't win games by yourself. You have to have great teammates. I am going to call Darrieus (Heyward-Bey), I saw where he committed to Maryland, but I am going to still try and talk to him."

Barnes is set for a big senior season.

"We are suppose to be pretty good. We are ranked number twelve in America. We will not get all caught up into that until after the season, when it really matters. We have a really tough schedule though," said Barnes.

Barnes will try to come back to Tuscaloosa sometime this fall.

"I am going to try to come to a couple of games or take an official visit. I will also try to fly back a few other times. After being in Minnesota for the past few weeks, I am coming back into reality and trying work all that out right now."

Barnes knows which number he would like to wear for Alabama.

"Maybe #14, that has been my number my whole life. I would like to wear that number, but it doesn't really matter," said Barnes.

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