Sooners spotlight: Jalin Barnett

A top OU target for nearly two full years, get to know more about Jalin Barnett.

No Oklahoma fan thought this battle would still be going on, but the Sooners are still trying to pursue Lawton (Okla.) High offensive guard Jalin Barnett to Norman.

Barnett, the No. 1-ranked prospect in the state and No. 6 at offensive guard, has been a priority for OU’s class for nearly two full years now.

After having made numerous trips to campus as a sophomore and junior, Barnett finally returned to OU last month for his official visit. Arkansas, Oklahoma State and Oregon State are in the mix, too, but it still feels like the Sooners are the team to beat.

Scout says:

Plays tackle in high school, but looks like the protoypical guard prospect for college. He is strong at the point of attack and once he locks on to a defender he does a good job of keeping his feet moving and finishing the play with aggression. He can struggle sometimes on the island with quick DE in pass pro, but moving inside he will have protection on both sides and his quick feet and long arms should make that one of his big strengths.

Przybylo says:

Recent developments are looking really good for OU here. It sounds like Barnett and Arkansas have either had a falling out or something as multiple reports in the last week has talked about Barnett not heading to Fayetteville.

OU needs Barnett for a lot of reasons. The offensive line is a huge position of need, and it’s always important for the Sooners to lock up the top prospects in the state. Offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh has put in a lot of time and effort in this pursuit.

No recruit, except for Will Sunderland, has seen the campus and spent more time with the coaches than Barnett in the last two years. Nebraska is making a very notable push for the No. 1-ranked prospect in the state.

Get to know Jalin Barnett.

Sooners Illustrated Top Stories