Coach Brian Kelly received his 2nd verbal commitment for the 2015 class today QB Blake Barnett (Corona, CA - Santiago). He is listed at 6'4"/195 lbs.
Barnett visited for his second Notre Dame game of this season on Saturday for the BYU game. He previously attended the USC game in October. He has gained several offers over the past few months and will continue to move up the recruiting rankings now that his junior season is over and there is plenty of film for experts to evaluate. He also reported offers from UCLA, Cal, Arizona and West Virginia among others.
Recruiting Service Rankings:
ESPN - Not Yet Rated
Rivals - Not Yet Rated
Scout - 4 star (#25 QB)
247Sports - 4 star (#11 Pro-style QB, #36 CA), 90 Grade
247Sports Composite Score - 4 star (0.9000, #338 Overall (#19 Pro-style QB, #44 CA)
Barnett should start his career at Notre Dame with (hopefully) a QB depth chart of Golson-Zaire-Kizer ahead of him. This will allow for him to redshirt as a freshman so he can put on weight, learn the offense and get acclimated to the college environment. Given his frame, he should probably needs to add 20+ lbs and target a 220-230 lb target playing weight moving forward.
Barnett is an ideal fit for Brian Kelly's offense at Notre Dame. He has a strong arm, which will allow him to stretch the field both vertically and horizontally. While he isn't a true dual-threat QB, he is mobile enough to move around in the pocket and avoid pressure or pick up the occasional first down with his legs. Several of his mid-year junior highlights (above) show his ability to run the zone read.
Some experts have commented on his throwing motion, which is a little different than what you see from most QBs. To me, it reminds me a lot of the way Jimmy Clausen threw the football for the Irish (he is also a Steve Clarkson client). While his throwing motion may remind fans a bit of Clausen, his mobility may remind you of Aaron Rodgers. He will need to work on all the same things any young college QB does-accuracy, decision making, reading defenses-but he is as talented as any of the recruits that Kelly and his staff have had at the position.
Welcome to Notre Dame Blake!