Tulsa Washington A Pipeline To K-State

Senior safety Dante Barnett is the latest Tulsa Booker T. Washington graduate to take his talents to Kansas State.

Trying to preform at a high level in the Big 12 is hard enough for most athletes but continuing a tradition that the Lockett family has set at Kansas State may be even harder.

Dante Barnett, who will be a senior safety for the Wildcats after an outstanding high school career at Tulsa Booker T. Washington, remembers being given the nickname “Booker T” during his freshmen year.

Booker T. Washington has produced three Kansas State Wildcats from the Lockett family, all of who went on to play in the NFL.

Although Barnett is not part of the Lockett family, he grew up around them. Barnett played with Tyler Lockett in high school at Tulsa Washington and at K-State.

Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder, who coached all three Locketts and Barnett, said besides being talented athletes all of them are the type of people that he wants in his program at K-State.

This is Barnett’s last season as a Wildcat and third straight year to be a team captain. Having a season-ending injury in the 2015 season opener and receiving a medical hardship, this will be his second senior year.

The Locketts have set a great example at every stop along the way. Quite likely at the end of this 2016 football season, Barnett will continue to follow in the footsteps of the Locketts by representing Booker T. Washington and Kansas State in the NFL.

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