And then there were two … sort of.
Jalin Barnett says Arkansas and Oklahoma are the clear leaders in his recruitment. He's unlikely to officially narrow his list, though, as he reserved the right for other programs to join the fray at the top. Still, while he's left the door open to other coaching staffs, topping the Razorbacks and Sooners will be tricky.
A final two? Not exactly. A pair of heavy favorites? You bet.
"I'm getting really close to Arkansas and Oklahoma, but I'm still considering others," Barnett said on Thursday evening. "Those are just the main two."
Barnett, a Rivals250 member who plays guard at Oklahoma's Lawton High School, plans to visit Oklahoma State this weekend. Following his tour of Stillwater, he'll stop in the campuses of his two frontrunners.
"I'm going to take another visit to Oklahoma next week, probably on (August) 5th," Barnett said. "After that there's going to be another trip top Arkansas. That will happen sometime soon, but I'm not sure when right now."
Two frontrunners or now, Barnett plans to take all five of his official visits this fall. He says Arkansas and Oklahoma will account for two of them. Oregon State and Tennessee have also been penciled into that list.
A commitment will likely take place during or immediately after Barnett's run of official visits. He has not set a date, only to say he will announce his decision "sometime during the season."
So while his upcoming g travel will provide opportunity for schools trying to knock the Razorbacks and Sooners from the forefront of the four-star prospect's recruitment, the perks of his favorites are fresh in Barnett's mind.
"I like Arkansas' offense and how they do stuff," Barnett said. "They fit me best for a run scheme. With OU, I really like the coaches and the players. Those are the people I really want to be around for four years."