Arizona State was finished recruiting quarterbacks. After earning a commitment from local four-star prospect Ryan Kelley, the Sun Devils were out of the quarterback market. That is, until former five-star prospect and Alabama transfer Blake Barnett became available.
After starting the first game of the season for the Alabama Crimson Tide, Barnett was beaten out by freshman Jalen Hurts for the starting job, and elected to transfer four games into the year. Barnett showed interest in returning to the west coast, and ultimately developed strong relationships with former offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey and head coach Todd Graham before committing to ASU in December.
Barnett enrolled at ASU in January and will be able to participate in spring practices, and on Tuesday, he received word that the NCAA granted him a Legislative Relief Waiver that will make him eligible to play immediately this fall.