Blake Barnes' Speeded-up Decision

I got an email from the Head Coach of Miss. quarterback <B>Blake Barnes</B>, who committed to Georgia this week. He talks about Michigan's <B>Chad Henne</B> recruitment, and why Blake went ahead and chose Georgia instead of waiting for Henne's announcement this week.

Note: a team can never stop recruiting, and must always try to have back-up plans for any and all contingencies. Michigan is more than likely sweating out next Thurs. morning's announcement by quarterback recruit Chad Henne, who is visiting Miami right now and then coming home and more than likely choosing between U-M and PSU. In case Henne chooses the Nits, there was a U-M Camper-QB who they may have turned to next: Blake Barnes (6-2, 200 lbs., 4.7 in the 40, 3.8 GPA/21 ACT) from Baldwyn, Miss. However, Barnes committed to Georgia this week.

I got an email from Barnes' Head Coach last night, explaining what happened.

"Blake had pretty much narrowed his choices to Georgia and Michigan. He knew Chad Henne was supposed to hold a press conference Aug. 7 to possibly announce his decision. Blake was really impressed with Michigan (note: he was a Michigan Camper this past June). He had planned to make a trip to Michigan in a couple of weeks to attend practice and meet with the coaches. And Blake had planned to wait until September to announce his decision.

"However, Blake found out there was another quarterback who was getting ready to commit to Georgia. And Blake decided that, for him, losing the chance to go to Georgia would be worse than Henne choosing Michigan which he also knew would cost him the chance to go there. Having grown up in the South, playing in the SEC was a big factor for him.

"Having been to Michigan and getting the opportunity to meet the coaches it is easy to see why Michigan is one of the premiere programs in the country. I will watch them with more interest in the future and wish them the best of luck."

And, as far as an internet rumor making the circuit in the past week:

"Blake's family did not run into anyone in the Henne family in Georgia or Mississippi, nor does he have any idea what Chad's plans are."

So, in the end, Barnes had a window of opportunity where he could control his 'Georgia destiny', but not his Michigan destiny. One can't blame him for taking the 'bulldog in the hand'.

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