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Report: Former ‘Bama starting QB to visit USF

USF's quarterback derby could have a prominent 11th-hour entrant.

Former Alabama QB Blake Barnett, the Crimson Tide's opening day starter in 2016 who transferred to Arizona State shortly thereafter, is leaving Tempe as a grad transfer, several media outlets reported Wednesday.

Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman reported Barnett will visit USF this weekend. If Barnett graduates this summer, he should be eligible to play this fall.

A 6-foot-5 former five-star prospect from Corona, Calif., his vagabond college career has been underwhelming so far. He signed with Alabama in 2015 and redshirted that year before winning the job the following season.

He was benched in favor of Jalen Hurts after two series of the season opener against USC, and transferred roughly a month later. He enrolled in a community college shortly thereafter and announced in December '16 he'd transfer to ASU.

He won an appeal to the NCAA to earn immediate eligibility in Tempe, but failed to unseat incumbent Manny Wilkins last fall, attempting only five passes.

He participated in spring drills for the Sun Devils, where Wilkins again appeared to emerge as the No. 1 guy. Prior to spring practice, he married his longtime girlfriend and became a father, according to azcentral.com.

Fourth-year junior Brett Kean and third-year sophomore Chris Oladokun spent spring drills in a neck-and-neck battle to replace three-year Bulls starter Quinton Flowers. Both coach Charlie Strong and offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert indicated the competition could extend well into preseason camp.

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