Recruiting: Barnett Happy To Be A Cowboy

Tulsa Washington head coach Antwain Jimmerson was pretty rushed Wednesday morning with all the preparation for the start of classes on Thursday but he was more than willing to take time out to proudly proclaim that one of his top players had made a college decision.

"Calvin is committed, Calvin is committed," said Jimmerson while talking about standout defensive tackle Calvin Bartnett to on the phone. "He is going to be a Cowboy. He told Coach Gundy that he is coming to Oklahoma State."

Jimmerson has often boasted of how good Barnett is and that he was that talented as a freshman when he was already helping the Hornets on defense. Last season Barnett, despite playing with a banged up shoulder that was operated on after the season, helped the Hornets all the way to a Class 5A state championship. The 6-3, 315-pound defensive tackle finished with 72 tackles and four sacks on the season while playing with pain.

"He is a really strong, physical player that always plays hard," said Jimmerson. "He is the kind of player you want on your team."

A lot of colleges listened to Jimmerson and agreed as Barnett had offers from a multitude of schools including Arkansas, LSU, Southern Cal, Tennessee, Oregon State, Oklahoma, and Texas Tech.

This afternoon Barnett was pretty rushed as it was time to get suited up and out on the field turf surface at Washington's S.E. Williams Stadium for practice. Barnett had just a couple of minutes to explain why he made his pledge to the Cowboys and Gundy.

"I think it was a sign from God, telling me to do it," said Barnett, who attended camps this summer at OSU and Arkansas. "I visited Oklahoma State three times. I had a lot of one-on-one time with Mike Gundy."

There is no doubt that the three trips for unofficial visits on the Oklahoma State campus helped. His last time on campus was for the half-day mini-camp on July 25 when he came with teammates quarterback/cornerback Eric Bennett and defensive end Roy Stovall. The time before that he had come over with his mother, April Allen. Mom is pretty important and she had reported that she liked what she saw at OSU and of the Cowboys staff.

"I'm excited," said April Allen. "I've been praying for Calvin to end up at OSU. It will be great to have him close to home because I wanted to go to everyone of his games, and wanted to be involved in his career. This is the best thing that could have happened. I'm so happy."

Barnett said, "The OSU coaching staff is real down to earth. They want me for my athletic ability, but they took the time to learn what kind of person I am. They've turned the program around over the last couple of years. They have a lot of good commitments now, and they have a really good freshman class this year. Plus, they have amazing facilities. I really couldn't go wrong with my OSU decision."

Barnett can now concentrate on preparing for the season and the Hornets defense of their 5A title. They actually open on Sept. 4 at Midwest City Carl Albert in a rematch of the last December's 5A state championship game.

Barnett said Oklahoma State won out of Arkansas and Texas Tech as those three made up the final trio in his decision making process.

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