Barnett Bounces Back To Oklahoma State

GoPokes.com and The Tulsa World have learned that former Tulsa Washington All-American and All-State defensive lineman and current Navarro Junior College defensive tackle Calvin Barnett has made a verbal commitment to Oklahoma State.

The 6-3, 283-pound Barnett called Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy on Monday to tell the Cowboys coach his intentions.

"It happened just a little while ago," said Barnett. "Yes sir, I did commit to Oklahoma State and you can report that. I've always had Oklahoma State in my head and my J.C. coach is very familiar with them, so I always kept a (good) relationship with them. I thought this would be a good time (to commit) and get all this stress off and handle my business and get on down the road."

This season Barnett is playing "mediocre" according to his own assessment, but in his five games played (he missed last week with an ankle injury) he has 17 tackles, 8 unassisted, 3 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 2 fumbles caused and 3 fumbles recovered.

Barnett played a lot and started several games in Navarro's national championship season last year finishing with 16 tackles, 4 unassisted, 2 tackles for loss and 1 fumble recovery. In his prep career he was considered one of the top defensive line prospects in the nation and helped Tulsa Washington to a Class 5A State Championship his junior season. He was also selected and participated in the U.S. Army All-American Game. In high school he was committed to Oklahoma State for a long time before making a late switch on signing day and inking with Arkansas, but as he mentioned in junior college he has kept up his relationship with Oklahoma State.

"I've had some nagging injuries and didn't play this weekend," said Barnett. "I need to do a better job of being where I need to be on the field and doing what I am supposed to," he added being critical of himself.

Barnett reported that he is great shape having weighed 283 this morning and remember, he played at 330 in high school at Tulsa Washington.

As for whether he has followed Oklahoma State this season?

"I haven't been able to follow all the games, but I have kept up with them with all the highlights," Barnett said. "They beat Kansas 70-28 last week, right? I'm very happy and my mother will be able to come see me play. It is just an hour away from my house."

Barnett becomes Oklahoma State's 15th commitment by our count at GoPokes.com and Scout.com.


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