Blake Barnett has already transferred once. He's reportedly about to do it again.
AZ Central is reporting that the former five-star recruit is planning on transferring out of Arizona State. He transferred into the Sun Devils' program from Alabama.
Barnett, a former five-star recruit in the class of 2015, transferred out of the Crimson Tide's program in 2016. He began that season as Alabama's starter, but was quickly replaced by Jalen Hurts.
The former top recruit chose Arizona State over California, Oregon, Washington and Washington State, among others.
Barnett was expected by most to eventually take over as Arizona State's starter. However, that has not happened. He reportedly is planning on transferring, seeking playing time.
Barnett has other things to consider: Over the offseason he married his long-time girlfriend and became a father. Although he could have landed ASU’s starting job next season, it’s possible Barnett's new family created a stronger sense of urgency to get on the field. Barnett politely declined media requests throughout spring practice.
The quarterback’s departure could put ASU in a difficult position moving forward. Behind Wilkins and Sterling-Cole, ASU has only one other scholarship quarterback – redshirt-freshman Ryan Kelley. After Wilkins leaves this season, the Sun Devils will be down to two, which will make quarterback a priority in future recruiting.
Barnett became a father this offseason. He and his longtime girlfriend, Maddie Peterson, had a boy.
Barnett is on pace to graduate this year. So, he should be available to play immediately in 2018. It's unclear what schools he might be looking at.