Recruit Focus: Jalin Barnett

All information in this post is courtesy of  BeaverBlitz and Hudl.  Again, I highly recommend both of these sites for the best and latest information on Beaver Football recruiting.

All reviews are just MY OPINION, and need to be taken as such. The coaches know more than me, understand the team’s needs better than I do and most likely differ with my opinions. I am just doing this for fun.

 Jalin Barnett

4 Star (5.9)
HT: 6′ 3″
WT: 303
POS: Offensive Line
HOMETOWN: Lawton, Oklahoma
OTHER OFFERS: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State,, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas State, Texas Tech, Tulsa, UCLA, Wisconsin

Hudl Profile

Position The Official Candy Report Sees this player at: Offensive Guard
What Beaver this player reminds us of: Mitch White,

– Huge frame and good wing span
– Good first step and punch
– Very strong player
– Good finish on blocks that tends to leave guys on the ground
– Keeps a solid pad level
– Good fighter on interior plays
– Great explosion on goal line plays
– Stays engaged on blocks and fights with his hands well
_ Does a great job of turning defenders on stalemates and creating lanes

– Needs to work on quickness
– Legs die on contact and hands can stay latched
– Not much movement on the line

Jalin has a who’s who of offensive line factories in his offer list. Alabama, Stanford, Wisconsin and Oklahoma always have good offensive lines. In watching his film, you can see why.  He is a big man with long arms and plays with an aggressive style that many coaches like.  As an interior lineman, Jalin is a force, who seems to be quite strong in his handling of defenders.  Often he will just turn them around or drop them with an explosive punch as a finishing move.

The parts of Jalin’s game I really like can be shown in the Mustang High School film at the 0:28 mark.  Starting from the right tackle position (77), if you pause it at the 0:31 mark, you can see his step is decisive and towards the outside of this reach block. The defender gets in front of him, but Jalin is athletic enough to pull in front of him and at the 0:33 mark you can see he is in front of the defender, with his body leaning back into him to seal the end on the edge.  While I noted that Jalin could work on his quickness, you can see in this film that he has a second gear when he needs it to reach the defender he is trying to block.

While Jalin is an impressive lineman, the real knock I have on him (and something he will need to work on no matter where he goes) is that his feet die on contact. If you watch his camp films or some of his highlights on Hudl, you will see that he gets a lot of stalemates where he is trying to horse guys to the ground, but is not moving. His feet freeze and it becomes a sumo match. If Jalin can learn to bring his hips and keep his legs chugging on contact, he is going to embarrass people.  He has the frame, the strength and the attitude to really rough guys up.

Another thing I like about Barnett is that he is probably 10 – 20 pounds lighter now than in these films. He is working hard, he is hitting all the camps and going against top defenders.  He is putting his work in and when you hear him interviewed he sounds like a smart player who has lofty goals.  I am not sure he will give the Beavers his verbal, but there is a good chance that he will visit, so that goes a long way. Jalin is a rare talent in that he has some roughness to his technique yet is still elite.  He plays in a tough league and as you can see, dominates a lot of players.

The final thing I will mention is his pass blocking. There are not a ton of examples in his highlights, but he does a good job of getting a good step that is deep but manageable and makes great contact with his hands. He keeps his head back and lets those long arms keep guys at bay.  I think he can still get quicker with his feet at times, but he is athletic enough to cover most players.  Faster defensive ends will give him trouble unless he touches them. Then they will go down.

Jalin would be a huge asset to the team and really bring another solid lineman to Oregon State.  It just may be really difficult to get him out of Oklahoma!

Silly Shot In The Dark Guess
My silly, shot-in-the dark guess is that should Barnett come to Oregon State, he has the potential to be a 3-year starter at Offensive Guard.  I really hope he can redshirt his first year so that Coach Miller can get him working on his quickness and explosion. If he can get just a touch quicker and improve his balance a bit in pass blocking, I think he could start as a Redshirt Freshman.  The only reason that I have him as a three year starter is that if he picks the offense up quickly and takes care of the things I have mentioned, he might leave early for the NFL.  There is a lot of potential in Jalin and he would look REALLY GOOD in Corvallis.

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