Will Barnett open the door for Michigan?

Story: Will Notre Dame '15 QB commit Blake Barnett consider the Wolverines? **Read Inside**

Corona (Calif.) Santiago 2015 quarterback Blake Barnett is committed to play for Notre Dame.

Well, that didn't stop Michigan from extending a "surprise" offer to the four-star prospect recently, as he had a chance to talk with Wolverines' newly hired offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier.

"I was surprised I would say," Barnett said on the offer. "They really didn't contact me through mail or anything for my recruiting process. So I would say it came as a surprise."

While Barnett said he is firm with his commitment to the Irish, he did admit with Michigan hiring Nussmeier makes the Wolverines a little more intriguing than they were a month ago.

"I spoke with coach Nussmeier (Monday)," Barnett recalled. "That was the first time I had spoken with him. I know he came from Alabama, obviously a great school and he's been successful there as an offensive coordinator. I know it's a big thing for him to be at Michigan. I think it is great thing as well.

"I know Michigan is a very good school. They have a very good football program as well. But I'm committed to Notre Dame."

Barnett said other schools showing considerable interest include Oregon, Cal and Tennessee to name a few.

As far as a possible visit to other schools of interest, Notre Dame has nothing to worry about -- unless something changes for the worse in South Bend, Ind. -- Barnett said he will only be taking visits to Notre Dame this year.

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