Barnett, the No. 1-ranked prospect in the state, has been a huge OU target since his sophomore season. He finally made his official visit to OU two weeks ago.
But he left his latest trip without committing to the Sooners.
“I had a great time,” Barnett said. “The offensive line played really well and a great job. They got off to a great start and things didn’t go their way.”
A single game, however, usually won’t impact things too much in the recruiting game. Sure enough, Barnett said he actually learned a thing or two during his visit.
“Working on technique with Coach Bedenbaugh, he taught me a couple of things that I’m using in my game now,” Barnett said.
Barnett was hosted by offensive tackle Josiah St. John, somebody Barnett said he feels a strong connection with. A lot of fans were hoping for the commitment. Barnett admitted he sort of thought it was going to happen, too.
“Going into the visit, I thought it might happen, but I don’t know,” Barnett said. “Something inside of me was telling me to wait.”
Barnett is down to a final four of OU, Oklahoma State, Oregon State and Arkansas and has made official visits to both the Sooners and Razorbacks. Most feel it’s a legit 50-50 shot for either school. Barnett, an Under Armour All-American, said he has a lot to think about in the next couple of months.
Recruiting will be put on hold next two weeks as Lawton prepares for the Oklahoma Class 6A-II state championship game against Bixby. The Wolverines have a bye this week, but Barnett said he will not use this weekend to visit another school.
His commitment will have to wait, but he’s hoping the championship quest ends next week. After trailing to Tulsa Booker T. Washington 24-14 at halftime, Lawton used its physicality, its run game to earn a 42-27 win.
“Man, I don’t know what happened in the first half, but we knew what we had to do,” Barnett said. “We got after it. We didn’t want our season to end. We got one more now. This is what I’ve been dreaming about.”