Notre Dame QB recruit Blake Barnett visits Oregon

South Bend Tribune

Oregon’s pursuit of Blake Barnett transformed into something tangible on Tuesday.

Notre Dame’s 2015 quarterback commitment made a two-day visit to Eugene, as first reported by, a member of the 247Sports network. In a text message to the Tribune, Barnett confirmed the visit occurred on Monday and Tuesday.

Oregon’s interest in Barnett has been far from a secret. The Ducks have coveted the 6-foot-4, 205-pound prospect from Corona, Calif., since they offered him in March despite his verbal commitment to Notre Dame.

Barnett remained firm with his pledge to Notre Dame while a number of schools visited him in the spring. This week’s visit to Oregon is the first tangible evidence that he could be swayed out of his commitment.

“Oregon was impressive no doubt,” Barnett told “The facilities are amazing, I think everyone knows that already. But they are as impressive in person. I really liked the coaching staff and how they handle things. That also made a big impression on me. There is a lot to like about Oregon, it’s a great program.”

According to 247Sports director of recruiting Steve Wiltfong, Notre Dame’s coaching staff was aware of Barnett’s plan to visit Oregon before the trip.

“I’m still committed to Notre Dame,” Barnett told “But I’m treating this like a business decision. I wanted to visit Oregon to be sure of my decision. I appreciate Notre Dame and the coaches and their support, but this was something I need to do to be sure.”

Notre Dame may benefit that Barnett chose to make the visit to Oregon in June rather than December, even if the seven months before his planned early enrollment have become more interesting. The Irish have time to counter Oregon’s pitch and try to reaffirm his commitment to the program. Barnett previously stated plans to visit Notre Dame on June 20 for the “Irish Invasion” summer camp.

Making sure Barnett sticks to that plan and doesn’t flip his commitment to Oregon in the coming days becomes an immediate priority for head coach Brian Kelly, quarterbacks coach Matt LaFleur, and linebackers coach Bob Elliott, who has led Barnett’s recruitment for the Irish.

In Barnett, the Irish have a four-star prospect continuing to rise in national rankings. Rivals ranks Barnett as the No. 3 dual-threat quarterback in the 2015 class and No. 55 regardless of position. 247Sports slates him as the No. 4 dual-threat quarterback in the country and No. 77 overall.| 574-235-6214 | Twitter: @TJamesNDI

Notre Dame quarterback commit Blake Barnett (THE PRESS-ENTERPRISE)