At 6-foot-4 and 315 pounds, Lawton junior offensive lineman Jalin Barnett is an imposing figure for defenders.
And he absolutely loves hitting people.
“It's pretty fun for me,” he said. “I love to hit people.”
Barnett was an impenetrable wall for the Wolverines this season, leading the way for senior running back Michael Warren's record-setting season and earning a spot on The Oklahoman's All-State football team.
He also did all of that at right tackle, too.
“Coach always tells me right tackle on our team has something special,” Barnett said. “He says our most athletic tackle will be our right not left.”
Barnett is certainly special.
He is ranked No. 8 in the junior class by ESPN.com and is highly regarded as the top recruit in the state next year. He already possesses eight Division I scholarship offers, including Alabama, Auburn, Oklahoma and Stanford.
“It's kind of been crazy, but I think recruiting's going to be great for me,” Barnett said. “I don't think I'm going to make a decision until about next year mid-football season.”
Barnett is also looking forward to next season on the field when Lawton becomes part of the new Class 6A Division II as the largest school.
After winning the first 11 games of the season this year, the Wolverines fell short against Westmoore in the quarterfinals. Next year, though, they may be the favorite in the smaller class.
“Our coach wanted to win state back-to-back,” Barnett said. “We wanted to show everyone we can win state with a hard schedule still.”
Having Barnett up front will only help Lawton, too.
Lawton coach Randy Breeze said he expects Barnett to continue growing and developing as a blocker.
But watching Barnett this season was a treat for the veteran coach.
“It was nice to have a point of attack where you felt like you were going to win that battle,” Breeze said. “With Jalin in there, we know we're going to have a free shot of getting Michael Warren into the second level, which obviously is a big plus for us.”