California quarterback picks up Irish offer

Quarterback Blake Barnett of Corona (Calif.) Santiago picked up his third offer from Notre Dame this weekend when he took a visit to South Bend.

Notre Dame offered scholarships to two underclassmen that were on visits to campus this weekend, one being four-star quarterback Blake Barnett of Corona (Calif.) Santiago.

"To get this offer is really amazing," Barnett said. "Especially from a school as good as Notre Dame. I came out here not really expecting an offer, so this was a surprise."

Barnett (as well as defensive tackle Elijah Taylor of Cincinnati's Moeller) was offered shortly before kickoff on Saturday.

"Before the game, my mom and dad were in a lounge with the coaches and other recruits and their parents," Barnett said. "Then Coach Kelly wanted to talk to me in his office. He said he was really impressed with my film."

Barnett said the highlight of his visit to Notre Dame was developing relationships with the coaching staff.

"My favorite part of the weekend was getting to know the coaches on a personal level, and not just having to talk with them through Twitter," Barnett said.

The 6-foot-4, 195-pound quarterback also has offers from Arizona and UCLA, and he's hearing frequently from Duke, Michigan and Oregon.

"Academics, coaches, how good the football program is, and the facilities are going to be mainly what I consider," Barnett said.

So far this season, Barnett has also taken a visit to Tennessee.

"I'm going to weigh a few different things and take more visits," Barnett said. "I'm not looking to make a decision until down the road, but I'm definitely considering Notre Dame. I could see myself playing there."


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