Because the beginning quarterback at Erie Excessive College, Blake Barnett has confirmed he could make performs together with his toes.
If there was ever a doubt about his velocity, he put these to relaxation on Sunday.
Barnett, a sophomore who’s being recruited by Colorado and others to play soccer, received the 100-meter sprint on the Class 4A state meet. He clocked in at 11.11 seconds within the finals, a time that really was a bit slower than the preliminaries (11.07).
“Clearly profitable the 100 meters, it’s an enormous deal,” Barnett mentioned.
Barnett and his Erie teammates added a state title within the 800-meter relay. He ran the anchor leg because the Tigers clocked in at 1:28.45. They had been additionally fourth within the 400-meter relay final weekend.
“We couldn’t carry out like we needed to within the 4×100, however that’s all proper,” Barnett mentioned. “We received state within the 4×200 and the 100 meters. You’ll be able to’t ask for extra, actually. I’m completely happy, we’re all completely happy and I feel we ended out this season very robust.”
For Barnett, the efficiency at state helped validate why he’s already thought of top-of-the-line faculty soccer prospects within the state. He’s at the moment rated because the No. 2 in-state soccer prospect for the Class of 2024 by 247Sports.com.
At 6-foot-1 and 210 kilos, Barnett has an enormous body for a highschool sophomore – particularly for a quarterback. Add within the velocity and it’s no marvel recruiters are taking discover. He’s bought presents from CU, Colorado State, Kansas, Kansas State, Oregon State and Washington. He additionally visited nationwide champion Georgia in April.
“I imply, it’s superior,” he mentioned of the recruiting course of. “Your dream is coming true you; simply get to dwell that day by day. Speaking to coaches on the cellphone is simply so superior as a result of it’s like your dream coming true and also you’re capable of capable of fulfill that.”
CSU gave Barnett his first Division I supply in late January. A couple of days later, CU offensive coordinator Mike Sanford known as to provide him a suggestion from the Buffs.
“My dad graduated from there and it was my second supply, which was superior,” Barnett mentioned. “Two in-states (as the primary two presents). They had been back-to-back or in the identical week, so it was superior. I felt on high of the world for a bit of bit.”
As a result of he’s solely a sophomore, Barnett mentioned he has no thought the place he’ll play in faculty, however he likes CU.
“It’s undoubtedly one thing I’ve to contemplate,” he mentioned. “Coach Mike Sanford, the OC, he’s an superior man, and I’d do something to play below him, however I simply don’t know if CU is one of the best match for me proper now. Clearly there’s two extra years and we’ll come down that highway once we get there.”
For now, Barnett is having fun with being a state champion and he’s trying ahead to getting higher as a quarterback.
Final yr, he led Erie to a 13-1 file and a state runner-up end. The Tigers had been undefeated earlier than a wild, 41-34, loss to Chatfield within the 4A state title sport.
In the course of the 2021 season, Barnett ran for 1,049 yards and 24 touchdowns. Regardless of spectacular passing stats (65.4% completion price, 2,560 yards, 27 touchdowns, seven interceptions), he mentioned he needs to show himself extra as a passer this yr.
“Actually simply throwing the ball,” he mentioned of his high precedence for enchancment. “Clearly, I can run fairly properly. I had 24 touchdowns on the bottom. Now I need most likely like 30-35 within the air and get like 60 touchdowns this yr. That’s the aim – and clearly the state championship.
“There’s at all times going to be athletes, however I need to be one of the best quarterback.”