Just a day after addressing a need at cornerback by picking up a commitment from JUCO prospect Jadarrius Perkins, Oregon went back to its California pipeline and picked up three-star cornerback Darren Barkins out of Chula Vista.
My whole life I’ve been waiting for this moment….100% COMMITTED !! 🦆💚 #GoDucks #TakeFlight21 #CaliFlock @TeamMakasi @coachjoynermd @Coach_Chance @coach_cristobal @AADucksDC @CoachHeyward pic.twitter.com/u7W2vPM6nL— darren barkins (@darrenjbarkins) May 30, 2020
Barkins is the 64th ranked cornerback in the country in the 247 Sports composite rankings and he held offers from most of the Pac-12 along with Oklahoma and Louisville.
Barkins seems to fit into the mold that Oregon is going after at cornerback now by trying to get longer cornerbacks. Perkins, who committed on Friday is 6’2″ and Barkins is 6’0″.
Much like Oregon’s last three commitments, this one is not going to draw a lot of national attention, but this coaching staff has earned respect when it comes to their ability to evaluate players they want and develop those players, and cornerback is a big need in this class.
Barkins is also someone who has a rising stock and could easily finish higher ranked than he is at the moment. Whether or not he makes his way up to a four-star prospect has yet to be seen, but he should finish higher in the rankings than he is now.
This commitment will also put Oregon into the top-ten nationally with just 12 commitments and most teams around them having three to five more commits.