"It feels so good right now," Jordan Barnett said. "I feel like an enormous load has been lifted off my shoulders. I feel lighter. It's amazing how signing that document made me feel so much better."
Barnett (6-7 190) chose Texas over offers from Butler, Florida, Iowa, Kansas State, Michigan, Michigan State, Missouri, Purdue, St. Louis and Stanford. And while the small forward hails from the St. Louis area, he said he's a Texan at heart.
"Texas, it's home to me," Barnett said. "I was originally born in San Antonio, and I think I've always had a bit of San Antonio in me. Austin is a beautiful city, the coaching staff is cool and the campus is really nice.
"There's so much about Texas I like," Barnett said. "I even have a step sister down there [in Austin], and she has four kids. So it's a good time to build relationships with them."
Barnett said he's had a chance to watch the Longhorns' early games, and he's been impressed by the product.
"I feel like playing in that environment — from the games I watched, they loved running — could really help my game," Barnett said. "On my visit, I saw them go through workouts and they did a lot of handle stuff. That's something I really wanted to work on and improve. I feel like they're really going to push me, and the coaches are going to get my maximum ability."
At times this year, Texas coach Rick Barnes has lauded freshman point guard Isaiah Taylor for his ability to run, while also mentioning that the next step is to get the wings to get down the court just as quickly to open things up. And that kind of play appeals to the athletic Barnett, who has a reputation as an excellent player in transition.
"I can definitely fill that role," Barnett said. "In St. Louis, the game is all about running. We run up and down the court. So I like that I'm going to a college that loves to run, with a point guard that loves to run.
"If he needs people to run with him, I'll be more than happy to run," Barnett said. "I have pretty good stamina, and that's something that I'll work at. I just think that I can help them a lot."