May 14, 2009

Elite DT talks UA

With offers from top programs from around the country, 10th-ranked defensive tackle Calvin Barnett is easily one of the most sought-after uncommitted prospects in the nation. The Tulsa (OK) lineman is being pursued by the top programs in college football, including the Crimson Tide who sent assistant coach Curt Cignetti to visit Barnett recently.

“Coach Cignetti told me I can come in and be a difference maker right away for Alabama on defense,” Barnett said. “He said they are looking for guys who can disrupt an offense and that if I keep working hard I can be that guy.”

Barnett, 6-foot-3, 300-pounds, racked up 72 tackles at defensive tackle for Booker T. Washington last season and has quickly become one of the most highly recruited defensive line prospects in the country amassing double-digit offers from USC, Florida, Oklahoma, LSU and Arkansas just to name a few. Barnett said he is continuing to receive offers and wants to hear what each program has to say before narrowing down a list of finalists.

“Right now I’m planning on staying open to the process and waiting a while before I make my decision,” he said. “I don’t want to cut any schools from my list until I’ve really thought about it.”

The Rivals250 member isn’t planning on a very busy summer, choosing to spend his time on unofficial visits rather than taking on the summer camp circuit but one school’s camp will likely make his summer schedule.

“I wasn’t really planning to go to any camps this summer but I think there’s a good chance I’ll be going to Alabama’s camp in June. I’m interested in seeing the campus and learning more about the coaching staff there.”

Alabama isn’t the only SEC school on Barnett’s radar, with both Florida and Arkansas likely to receive unofficial visits later this year.

“Florida and Arkansas are both recruiting me pretty hard. It’s pretty cool to be getting so much attention from SEC schools and all three of those schools are places I’d like to visit and learn a lot more about.”

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