Barnett Backs Off Tech Commitment

Chris Horne, SportsWar Recruiting Analyst, on February 13, 2014
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Virginia Tech’s class of 2015 recruiting has been somewhat of a roller coaster ride thus far. The latest twist came this evening, when 4-star defensive end Michael Barnett de-committed from the Hokies. Barnett, a 6’4″, 245-pound junior out of Woodland High School (Dorchester, S.C.), had been a Tech commitment since late November of 2013.

Barnett had offers from Florida and Florida State at the time of his commitment to Virginia Tech. Last night he landed an offer from Alabama, fueling speculation that the Crimson Tide scholarship is a big reason why he is backing away from Tech. The talented defensive end took to Twitter this evening to try and clear the air.

“It is not because Alabama offered that I [de-committed] let’s make that clear now!,” Barnett wrote.

Barnett has indicated that Virginia Tech remains in the running for his signature. In addition to the new offer from Alabama as well as the previous offers from Florida and Florida State, the Palmetto State standout also has scholarship offers from Clemson, N.C. State, and Tennessee.

TSL plans to have more from Barnett himself in the coming days, so stay tuned. Virginia Tech now has three commitments in the class of 2015, and all three prospects are projected to play cornerback. Virginia Tech also received a commitment from Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) defensive back Marcus Lewis back in November, but Lewis quickly backed off and reopened his recruitment.


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