Soon after national signing day 2014, however, then Notre Dame commitment Blake Barnett picked up a scholarship offer from the Crimson Tide. It was less than a month after Town decommitted and then committed to Lane Kiffin's former school, USC.
Alabama's new offensive coordinator had plenty to do with this win, but Nick Saban led the way during what Barnett said was six meetings over a three-day visit to Tuscaloosa last week.
Scout.com's No. 7 signal caller announced the news on BleacherReport.com..
"I'm officially committing to the University of Alabama," he said. "When I went down there I absolutely fell in love, I think Alabama is the school for me. It's a place that's going to build me as a person and as an athlete.
"I think that's going to develop me the best and make me the most successful in life."
Barnett later mentioned the coaches, current players, facilities and even the city of Tuscaloosa as things he liked experiencing for the first time last week -- all helping to solidify his decision over one-time overwhelming favorite Oregon.
The four-star was set to visit Eugene later this week, but those plans are now believed to be cancelled.
Alabama now sits at 19 commitments in the class of 2015, still No. 1 in the country on Scout. Saban and company are not expected to take any more quarterbacks in the cycle.
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