4 Star Michael Barnett Decommits from Virginia Tech 1 Day After Alabama Offers

Alex SimsCorrespondent IIIFebruary 13, 2014

Credit: 247Sports

A hurtful recruiting loss for the Virginia Tech Hokies could be a significant gain for the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Andrew Bone of Rivals reported Thursday evening that 247Sports Composite 4-star defensive end Michael Barnett decommitted from Virginia Tech just one day after receiving a scholarship offer from 'Bama.

Barnett, the No. 16 strong-side defensive end in the nation, was the top commitment in Virginia Tech's 2015 class.

He talked to Ryan Bartow of 247Sports (subscription required) Wednesday about receiving the offer from Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide and noted that he'll likely head to Tuscaloosa for Junior Day on March 1:

I talked to (linebackers) coach (Kevin) Steele a little bit. He said they watched my film and really liked me. Coach Saban told me he gets the best coaches to help his players get to the next level. He said his main focus is to develop you as a person. He told me about the things they have on campus for academics and things to help you get ready for the world.

I thanked him for the opportunity to play at the school. He said they are going to start recruiting me and he wants me to come up there.

The 6'4", 248-pound end is the No. 7 prospect in the state of South Carolina. On paper, Barnett is a very impressive prospect. According to Bartow, he can bench press 295 pounds, squat 405 pounds and power clean 290 pounds. He also runs a 4.7-second 40-yard dash and holds a 3.7 GPA.

He is impressive statistically, as well. He recorded 89 tackles, 31 tackles for loss, seven sacks, five forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries as a junior, as well as 57 tackles, 17 tackles for loss and 12 sacks as a sophomore.

Andy Bitter of the Roanoke Times noted that VT is still on Barnett's list even with the decommitment.

The Hokies currently have no other defensive line commitments in their 2015 class. 

Alabama already claims two defensive line verbal commitments in its class: 5-star and No. 3 strong-side defensive end Mekhi Brown and 4-star defensive tackle Jonathan Ledbetter.

Barnett also holds offers from Clemson, Florida, Florida State and others.

Whichever program pulls in the Dorchester, S.C., native will be landing one of the top players in the 2015 class.