2015 Husker profile: Jalin Barnett

Nebraska offensive lineman Jalin Barnett was a talented road-grader at the high school level. How will it translate to Lincoln in his first-year with the Huskers.

Jalin Barnett

Position: OG

Height/Weight:6-foot-4, 300-pounds

Year: True Freshman



2014 review:

The No. 15 guard in the country, the four-star player was a first-team All-Oklahoma selection in 2014 and the No. 3 player in the state of Oklahoma according to Scout.com.

Lawton finished 11-2 and advanced to the Oklahoma Class 6A-II state finals. The Wolverines averaged more than 460 yards a game and featured a 2,000-yard rusher.

2015 outlook:

Barnett played offensive tackle in high school, but is likely to play inside at Nebraska. It means the competition in front of him is going to be stiff.

In last year’s recruiting class, the Huskers landed All-American Tanner Farmer and D.J. Foster. The two talent wise are just as good as Barnett. With a year of experience at the college level already, both of them will likely be second-team offensive lineman or even crack the lineup.

Barnett will be an asset on the scout team in 2015. The year off will allow him to get a little stronger.

Scouting report: “There are not many guys his size with his athletic ability to dominate all three levels. He’s a quality teammates and a hard worker. Every drill and every practice, Jalin is going to go hard and his teammates will look up to that. His attitude is 100 percent positive, in the huddle and in the classroom. I don’t know if he has a weakness, but if he does it’s that maybe he needs to speak up more. He’s just a humble guy.” – Randy Breeze, Lawton HS head coach


How he ended up in Lincoln:

An All-American, Barnett’s recruitment went all the way into January, allowing the Huskers to get in late on the four-star prospect.

A past relationship with Mike Riley and offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh (they were the first to offer at Oregon State) opened the door for Nebraska to land an official visit in January. It didn’t take him long after to make the decision Lincoln was the place for him.

Barnett picked the Huskers over offers from Alabama, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Stanford, Tennessee, UCLA, Texas Tech and Auburn.


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