Huskies make impression on Barnett

The Washington Huskies have a need at tight end in the 2009 recruiting class and recently they offered Santiago (Corona, Ca.) TE Marlion Barnett who has become very popular as an athletic tight end prospect with a big frame. He updated recently about recruiting as well as where the Huskies stand at this point and time.

"Coach (Mike) Denbrock is the coach recruiting me for Washington and I've talked a lot with coach (Brian) White," Barnett told recently. "They offered me about a week or so ago and it was really cool getting an offer from them.

"I started getting on-line and doing a lot of research on their program and they are an up-and-coming program and I checked out the pictures of the stadium and I've been to Seattle before and I loved it up there so they are definitely a school that I'm looking at and I have a lot of interest in them."

Washington's offer joined Minnesota and UNLV as the other schools to plant their flag for Barnett, but the Husky offer holds a special place in Barnett's heart.

"Getting the offer from Washington was like getting the first offer," Barnett said. "It's the Pac 10 and they have great offenses in that conference so it really meant a lot to me to get that offer from them."

With Washington's offer meaning so much, does Barnett consider them his leader?

"If I had to name a top three right now, I'd definitely say Washington is right there at the top," Barnett said. "Then probably UCLA and Oregon State after that.

"Oregon State has been heating up a lot and they said they love what I bring to the table and I've been hearing a lot of positive feedback from UCLA.

"I went to their one-day camp and they want me to come back for a day of their three-day camp so I'm going to head up there again and hopefully I will know something soon with them."

As a junior, Barnett posted solid numbers hauling in 30 receptions for 400 yards and two touchdowns.

"Receiving is definitely what I do best," Barnett said. "I'm working really hard to add strength to my upper-body and I want to keep improving my lower-body strength, but I think that's pretty good right now.

"I didn't run a 40 at the ( combine because I tweaked my hamstring, but I usually run in the high 4.6's or low 4.7's. I'm working on getting that down a little bit, but I think I run pretty well for a guy my size."

As far as a decision is concerned, Barnett said he'd like to get up to Washington to check out the campus sometime in July and then he will sit down and contemplate his options.

"I might decide before my season starts if things feel right, but I could wait and take my visits if I'm not ready," Barnett admitted. "Honestly, it's not really a priority to commit early, but it would be great to get the decision out of the way.

"If it feels right and my parents agree with me, then I will probably do it before my season, but I'm not going to rush into anything."

We'll continue to track Barnett's progress in the coming weeks and months and update things as they happen.

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