WAC school gets serious about Barnett

One of the more versatile offensive players in the California JC ranks this year has been Orange Coast WR Nathan Barnett (5-9, 185). He's a return specialist as well as a sure-handed wideout and he's seen interest pick up with three schools and he hopes to hear more from them following the Thanksgiving holiday.

"We finished 5-5, but we finished on a strong note," Barnett told JCFootball.com recently. "We played Golden West on Friday night. It was a makeup game because of the fires a couple of weeks ago and we won 30-28 so we finished on a good note."

Barnett had a solid season at both receiver and as the Pirates' main kickoff returner.

"I had 32 catches for over 400 yards and one touchdown and I averaged almost 30 yards per return on 24 kickoffs," Barnett said. "I didn't have any touchdowns as a kickoff returner, but I put us in good starting field position a lot.

"Most of the schools that are looking at me are basically looking at me as a slot receiver and as a return man. I like playing both so I think that would be real cool."

WAC schools as well as Washington and Kentucky have been calling Barnett recently, but one has started to come on a little harder than all the others.

"San Jose State has really been heating up," Barnett said. "Coach Ken Margerum has been talking to me quite a bit and he said he was going to get in touch with me after Thanksgiving so we can possibly set up a visit.

"I like San Jose State's offense a lot and they are in California. The spread would be a good fit for me because I can get in space and then use my quickness on guys. I would really like to play for them so I hope it works out."

Barnett had expected to need to stay until May to get his two year degree, but now it looks like he may be able to sign in December be on campus at a four-year school for spring practice.

"Well, I'm still working on figuring out what I need to do, but it looks like I can leave next month," Barnett said. "All the schools recruiting me have my transcripts and they are all looking to make sure I can do it and most of them think I will be able to do it."

Wherever Barnett ends up he'll have three years to play two seasons.

We'll continue to follow Barnett's progress as recruiting picks up and update things as they happen.

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