Honors & Awards
» Offensive Scout Team MVP (2015)
» Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2016, 2017)
» Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2016, 2017)
Sophomore Jalin Barnett is poised to contend for playing time on the offensive line in 2017. The Oklahoma native was one of the nation’s top offensive guard signees in 2015, and he has added depth for the Huskers the past two seasons.
This winter, the 6-4, 315-pound Barnett focused on his physical conditioning and is now among a group of talented players at guard that includes returning starters Jerald Foster and Tanner Farmer.
2016 (Redshirt Freshman)
Barnett played in 11 games, primarily on the Huskers' kicking unit. He also provided depth at offensive guard.
Barnett redshirted in his first season in the program. His excellent work in practice earned Barnett recognition as one of two Scout Team Offensive MVPs.
Before Nebraska (Lawton HS)
Barnett was one of the nation’s top offensive guard prospects after a standout career at Lawton High School. Barnett was Nebraska’s first signee from the state of Oklahoma since Phillip Dillard and Craig Roark in 2005. Barnett played at the same high school that produced former Husker greats Mike Minter and Will Shields.
Barnett was a driving force behind one of the state’s most potent offenses. Coach Randy Breeze’s team averaged better than 460 total yards per game in 2014, and produced a 2,000-yard rusher and a quarterback who threw for more than 2,400 yards. Lawton High finished with an 11-2 record and advanced to the finals of the Class 6A-II state playoffs. In addition to his dominant play on offense, Barnett also saw action on defense, recording 10 tackles and a fumble recovery.
For his play in 2014, Barnett was a first-team All-Oklahoma selection and was the No. 3 prospect on the Daily Oklahoman’s Super 30.
Lawton High had similar offensive productivity behind Barnett’s blocking in 2013. The team averaged 313 rushing yards per game and had a 2,500-yard runner. Lawton recorded an 11-1 record in 2013, advancing to the second round of the state playoffs. Barnett also earned all-state honors from The Oklahoman as a junior.
Barnett also used his athletic talent as a track and field athlete at Lawton High. As a junior, Barnett finished sixth in shot put and fifth in discus at the 6A Regionals. Barnett, who wears a size 18 shoe, was awarded Lawton’s overall Player of the Year honor in 2014 and was an Under Armour All-American. Barnett also excelled in the classroom where he carried a 3.8 grade-point average.
Barnett was ranked as the No. 4 offensive guard in the country by ESPN and was also among the top 15 offensive guards by 247Sports and Scout. He was also a consensus choice as one of the top five players in Oklahoma by several recruiting services.
Barnett also visited Arkansas and Oklahoma and considered Oklahoma State before choosing the Huskers.
Barnett was born on Aug. 19, 1996, and he is the son of Tanisha Barnett. He is majoring in psychology and was named to the Brook Berringer and Tom Osborne Citizenship Teams in both 2016 and 2017. He has volunteered his time with the Lincoln Marathon, Uplifting Athletes and local hospital visits.