Blake Barnett's recruitment has been a whirlwind for the last month. He originally committed to Notre Dame way back in November but after visiting Oregon earlier this month, he decided to de-commit and open up the process.
Most felt it was just a matter of time before Barnett announced for the Ducks as he raved about not only his fit in the offense and the depth chart but said growing up, Oregon was his dream school, not just for football but the outdoors lifestyle.
Barnett decided to take a visit to Alabama last week and spent three days on campus. The trip made a huge impression on the quarterback and he decided to cancel all other unofficial visits before announcing this morning.
"I actually made my decision on Tuesday, that's when I decided on Alabama," Barnett said. "It was very tough for me, very stressful but the more I weighed everything, the more I saw that Bama was just the best overall fit for me.
"I feel it's the best school to develop me as not just a quarterback but as a student and a person too. I really fell in love with the place when I was there and quickly developed great relationships with not just the coaches but the players as well.
"Alabama is an incredible school with great tradition and Coach Saban is obviously one of the best coaches in the country. I'm very comfortable with Coach Kiffin, the OC as well and he had a great track record for developing quarterbacks at USC. I like the offense and the scheme they have and think I'll fit in very well there."
Barnett said the last few weeks have been very stressful on him and he's definitely relieved to put it all behind him.
"I'm very happy the process is over," Barnett said. "It was a stressful time for me and my family, especially the last week when we were sitting down to try and figure all this out. I had two great options and really liked Oregon a lot.
"In the end, it just came down to where I thought I could have the most long term success on and off the field and that was at Alabama. I'm planning to graduate early so I can get there in time for spring ball and start learning as much as I can. Now that this is over, I can turn my attention back to my high school team and hopefully leading them as far as we can go."