Blue-chip QB Blake Barnett decommits from Notre Dame

Blue-chip QB Blake Barnett decommits from Notre Dame
June 4, 2014, 8:30 pm
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Notre Dame's 2015 recruiting class took an early hit Wednesday night, as four-star dual-threat quarterback Blake Barnett announced his decommitment from the Irish on Twitter.

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Barnett is ranked by Rivals as the third-best dual-threat quarterback, eighth-best player in California and 55th-best player nationally in the class of 2015.

His decommitment was a showcase for the fickle nature of recruiting, as Barnett told Rivals two days ago he was solid in his commitment to Notre Dame and was looking forward to attending Irish Invasion later this month. But Barnett returned from a visit to Oregon on Tuesday, and then terminated his verbal commitment to Notre Dame on Wednesday.

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Brian Kelly has said ideally he would only want three scholarship quarterbacks on the roster per season, a scenario that would leave an opening for a third quarterback in 2015 if Everett Golson decides to forgo his final season of eligibility as a graduate student. Notre Dame currently has Golson (senior), Malik Zaire (sophomore) and DeShone Kizer (freshman) on its 2014 depth chart.

Barnett fit the bill of quarterbacks recruited by Kelly & Co. in the last few years, as Golson, Zaire and Kizer are all dual-threat guys. Zaire redshirted in 2013 and Kizer is expected to do the same, meaning Notre Dame could feasibly go with Golson, Zaire or Kizer through 2018.