Dexter Barnett Makes His Decision

It was a good recruiting weekend for Coach Neil Callaway and his UAB coaching staff. The Blazers picked up another solid commitment from Grady running back Dexter Barnett. GAVSV.com spoke to Barnett about his visit and his pledge to University of Alabama at Birmingham.

This weekend was a very special one for Dexter Barnett. The 5-foot-10, 175 pound running back from Grady High in Atlanta, Ga. made a big decision about his future.

"I decided to commit to UAB," said Barnett. "I had a great visit there this weekend and I know that it's the place for me."

"When I first got there, I met with Brandon Carlisle, a defensive end. Brandon was real humble and he made me feel like I was already at home. I met some of the players like the quarterback and some D-lineman."

"The next day, I got to hang out with all the new coaches. They showed us around the campus. Yhey showed us the weight room and the rest of the athletic facility. It was all stuff that was being rebuilt. I just wanted to be a part of all that new stuff that was going on."

"I found out that they were losing so many players at the running back position. They told me there was a chance for me to come in and play early. It was an offer I couldn't turn down."

Neil Callaway is the current head coach of the UAB Blazers, the third coach in the program's history. Coach Callaway, who was the University of Georgia's offensive coordinator before taking the UAB job, made a good impression on Barnett.

"Coach Callaway is a real good person," Barnett said. "I could tell that he wants to come in here and change the focus and win some championships. I also met Coach (Steve) Davenport, the running backs coach. I actually played against him in my freshman and sophomore seasons. So we've got a little bit of history there. He's a real good person and he kept me comfortable while I was down there."

Coach Corey Barlow, the cornerbacks coach, recruited Barnett for UAB.

Barnett committed to Miami (Ohio) back in September only to decommit a month later. He told GAVSV.com that he is VERY SOLID with UAB and will not be taking any more visits.


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