Notre Dame has lost its best recruit to date in the 2015 class. Tonight, Blake Barnett de-committed from Notre Dame. The expectation is that Barnett will choose Oregon instead of Notre Dame.
Barnett wrote via Twitter:
“I am officially de-committing from the University of Notre Dame and opening up my recruiting. I want to thank the University and the coaching staff for allowing me the opportunity to attend such a prestigious university.
Barnett told Rivals.com:
“Notre Dame has stayed recruiting me. They stayed on it because they know schools come around especially this time of year when recruiting starts to pick up. They have to be aggressive sometimes, to be honest.”
“I’ve always been a big fan of Oregon. As I grew up I was always interested in them and I wanted to go see the facilities and meet the coaches. I’ve talked to the coaches several times since I’ve been committed. I wanted to get the overall aspect of the university itself – the academic program, the campus, just get a sense on how they do things down there.”
Barnett originally committed to Notre Dame on November 24th, 2013. He was Notre Dame’s best recruiter. This is a major blow for the Fighting Irish. However, Notre Dame still has two Quarterbacks with 4 years of eligibility remaining (Zaire and Kizer).