Jalin Barnett Commits to Nebraska: What 4-Star OG Brings to Huskers

Tyler Donohue@@TDsTakeNational Recruiting AnalystJanuary 14, 2015

Credit: 247Sports

Nebraska beat out contenders from multiple conferences for a commitment from coveted Oklahoma offensive lineman Jalin Barnett on Wednesday, according to Josh McCuistion of Rivals.

The 6'4", 315-pound prospect picked the Cornhuskers from a collection of favorites that also included Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Arkansas. After multiple official visits, Nebraska was last in line with a mid-December trip. 

Rated sixth nationally among offensive guards, he is the biggest recruiting pickup to this point for a new coaching regime in Lincoln. Barnett attends Lawton High School, the alma mater of former Nebraska star and eventual College Football Hall of Fame inductee Will Shields. 

Barnett emerged as a premier prospect early in the 2015 recruiting process. He collected offers from Tennessee, Texas Tech and Alabama before the end of his junior year.

You'll be hard-pressed to find many young players of his stature who move with the fluidity Barnett flashes. He glides like a lighter man, using nimble footwork to stay in front of oncoming pass-rushers or pull around to seal off a gap.

At his finest when moving downhill, he establishes a low base off the snap and motors through his initial target before advancing to the second level. Barnett's ability to blow up two defenders on one play places him among the most dominant run-blockers in this cycle. 

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He earned a spot in the Under Armour All-America Game and served as an anchor at right tackle for a perennial state title contender. Barnett is versatile enough to remain on the perimeter in college, but his talents would be best served in an interior role. 

Nebraska now holds 16 prospects in a class that currently rates 27th nationally in 247Sports' composite rankings. Barnett gives the group three commits along the offensive line.

He joins linebacker Dedrick Young, running back Devine Ozigbo, linebacker Tyrin Ferguson and tight end Matt Snyder as players who've committed since the arrival of new head coach Mike Riley.

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