Jalin Barnett doesn't much care that the modern recruiting process is supposed to include an early commitment or at least some sort of offseason list-trimming. Those aren't things that interest him.
Instead, the four-star offensive guard intends to wait until after his senior season to announce much of anything. Even his unofficial visits have been put off. He has few dates or destinations in mind as things stand now. And the one trip he did have planned looks headed for cancellation.
"I was going to go to Oklahoma's spring game, but I have the ACT that day," Barnett said. "Other that that, I'm pretty busy with track and all that, so it's going to be tough to make it to a lot of places.
"I'm still kind of just riding it out and seeing what happens. I probably won't pick until after my senior season."
An junior at Oklahoma's Lawton High School, Barnett is still holding out hope for a few trips, though. He has tentative plans to attend a spring practice at Oklahoma State and keeps a list of out-of-state programs that have grabbed his interest.
"I don't have any really favorites, but there are a couple schools that I really want to visit, like, really bad," Barnett said. "That's like, Alabama and Auburn and Oregon State and Arkansas."
As for the two in-state schools, Barnett says it's too early to say anything definitive. He does, however, say that one program leads the other, even if it's not by a gigantic margin.
"Oklahoma is standing a little bit more out of the schools here in my state," he said. "I've always just liked how they kept in touch with me and how they always want to see how I'm doing and all that."
Barnett is ranked as the top offensive guard in America and the No. 36 overall prospect in his class. He holds a total of nine scholaship offers.