Recruiting: Barnett Stars at U.S. Army Game

"San Antonio is good, real good," said Tulsa (Washington), Okla., defensive tackle Calvin Barnett, who is in the Alamo city getting ready for Saturday's U.S. Army All-American Game and playing defensive tackle for the West squad against the best of the East. This week the 6-3, 330-pound Barnett has been tossing around some of the offensive linemen on the West squad in practice.

"Everything is going good and I am doing pretty good," said Barnett of his play in practice which is drawing strong reviews. "I think I am doing better than I thought that I would.

"I would give myself a B or a B-minus so far. I have won my share or more than my share of the drills and match-ups in practice. Yeah, I'm ready for the game on Saturday," Barnett added.

Barnett said he is busy. There is not a lot of relaxation this week.

"No, there is not much down time, he said. "What little time we have most of the players spend it in the player's lounge or in your room to get a quick nap or just to lay around for a little bit. There has been some Mexican food. Some, not all the time. They are feeding us good."

Now, Barnett has made some headlines and drawn some attention back in Oklahoma with Cowboy fans, and surely Oklahoma State coaches, as for the first time since he committed he has talked about interest, albeit mild interest, in other schools.

"I don't think Oklahoma State has anything to worry about," said Barnett, who added that he is committed to Oklahoma State. "I just thought I would take some visits to some other schools like Arkansas, Texas Tech, and maybe LSU.

"I am not necessarily looking to leave and I haven't set any visits up yet. I'm going to Oklahoma State first. I think in the next two weeks, like the (Jan.) 15th. That is for sure my first one."

In the meantime, Barnett says he is ready for Saturday and that his mother is heading down to see him play in the game. Unfortunately, Oklahoma State coaches will have to settle for television as college coaches are not allowed at either the practices or the game itself for these all-star games. That is an NCAA rule.

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