Report: Former Alabama QB Blake Barnett to Transfer from ASU, Will Visit USF

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistApril 25, 2018

TEMPE, AZ - OCTOBER 28:  Blake Barnett #8 of Arizona State warms up prior to a game against the University of Southern California Trojans at Sun Devil Stadium on October 28, 2017 in Tempe, Arizona.  (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
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Blake Barnett will transfer from Arizona State and plans to visit with the South Florida Bulls, Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman reported Wednesday.

Barnett spent one season with the Sun Devils after transferring from Alabama. He appeared in two games as a member of the Sun Devils, going 3-of-5 for 40 yards and an interception.

Barnett was once among the most highly touted quarterbacks in the country. He was the No. 2 pro-style QB in the 2015 recruiting class, according to 247Sports' composite rankings. After redshirting in 2015, he was unable to beat out Jalen Hurts for the Crimson Tide's starting job.

Barnett announced his plans to transfer in September 2016 and wound up at Palomar College before moving to Arizona State. He was once again a backup in 2017, as Manny Wilkins didn't relinquish his role as the starter.

Feldman noted Barnett has two years of eligibility remaining, so there's still time to get his college career back on track. And as a graduate transfer, he'd be available to play right away.

South Florida makes sense as a potential destination for Barnett. The Bulls have to replace Quinton Flowers, who led the team in passing (2,911 yards) and rushing (1,078 yards). And since Flowers was the starter for three years, USF is without a clear replacement.

Brett Kean, who's going to be a junior in 2018, might have the inside track, but he has attempted just 37 passes over the past two years. Were he to join the Bulls, Barnett should have a good shot at becoming the Week 1 starter.

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