Blake Barnett created quite a stir when he left the Crimson Tide in the middle of the season.
Imagine the outrage if he left to join an SEC West rival?
Per Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports, Texas A&M has contacted Barnett about potentially transferring to Texas A&M. Barnett has already enrolled in a junior college, Palomar Junior College in California, per Wiltfong. Barnett would be eligible to come back and play for Texas A&M on either Sept. 28 or 29, depending on when he filed his paperwork.
Per Barnett’s high school coach, Oregon, Washington, UCLA and California have also spoken with Barnett.
Barnett started the Crimson Tide’s first game of the season, but ultimately lost the job to freshman Jalen Hurts. Barnett was the No. 2 pro-style quarterback in the 2015 class and redshirted his freshman season at Alabama. Because Barnett went the junior college route, Alabama could not restrict which school he could transfer too.
Through a loophole, Barnett would be able to return exactly a year after he transferred from Alabama, instead of having to sit out the remainder of the 2016 season and the entire 2017 season.
Texas A&M is currently starting a graduate transfer in former Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight. The Aggies are also among one of the team’s interested in former Baylor quarterback Jarrett Stidham. The Aggies also have a commitment from 4-star quarterback Kellen Mond.
Alabama takes on Tennessee this week before hosting Texas A&M on Oct. 22.