As Michigan State tries to figure out its 2016 quarterback situation, the Spartans also have questions about 2017, and they may be looking to the SEC for their answer.
According to 247 Sports’ Steve Wiltfong, Michigan State is among the schools showing interest in Alabama transfer Blake Barnett. Cal, Florida, Miami, Oregon, UCLA and Washington have also expressed interest.
Wiltfong added that Barnett, a 5-star prospect from Corona (Calif.) Santiago High in 2015, has enrolled at Palomar Junior College in California, where he will attend through the spring semester. From there, according to the report, Barnett plans to enroll at an FBS institution and play much of next season.
The redshirt freshman started Alabama’s season opener but was replaced in the game by freshman Jalen Hurts, who was named the starter the following week. Barnett played in just two more games, and in late September, decided to transfer.
Jeff Steinberg, Barnett’s high school coach, told Wiltfong that his former star plans to cut down his list soon and then make his decision around Christmas.
Barnett was 11 for 19 for 219 yards, 2 touchdowns and no interceptions this season with Alabama.
According to 247 Sports’ story, Barnett would be eligible to play on Sept. 30, 2017, per NCAA rules:
According to bylaw 14.5.6 in the NCAA transfer guide, Barnett as a 4-2-4 transfer (four-year institution, to a junior college, and back to a four-year institution), can be eligible one calendar year from the date of his transfer (either Sept. 28 or 29, depending on when the paperwork was filed) as long as he graduates with a GPA above 2.5 over an average of 12 hours per term at Palomar.
As for this season, on Tuesday, the struggling Spartans listed Tyler O’Connor OR Damion Terry OR Brian Lewerke as their starting quarterback for Saturday’s game against Northwestern. Michigan State (2-3, 0-2 Big Ten) has lost three straight games.