After sifting through nearly 20 Divison-1 scholarship offers, Taylor Barnette, a standout at Lexington (Ky.) Christian Academy made his college choice Thursday evening.
During an in-home visit with UCF head coach Donnie Jones and assistant Shawn Finney, Barnette gave them a verbal pledge, becoming the third 2012 prospect to commit to the Knights.
“I’ve really been praying about it and I feel like that is where God is leading me to go,” Barnette told Scout.com. “I liked everything on the visit. I like the schools, the players and I loved the coaching staff. I liked the weather down there. The climate is nice.”
Barnette, a 6-foot-3, 170-pound shooting guard, took an official visit to UCF this past weekend and after seeing the campus and meeting the team he felt like the Knights were his best option.
“It was all about fit,” Barnette said. “When I get to meet all of the players and meet the coaching staff it really felt like I fit there. It’s where God was calling me to go.”
During the process Barnette took visits to a handful of schools including Wofford, Samford, Belmont, Liberty and Furman. He also considered Kennesaw State, Manhattan and Navy.
Barnette also cited his relationship with Jones as one of the reasons for committing to Central Florida.
“He’s a Christian guy that everybody thinks highly of,” Barnette said. “I’ve really gotten to know him. He’s a very good communicator and a great coach.”
Barnette is known for his ability to dial in from deep, but he’s also a steady ball handler and impressive shooter from mid-range.
During his junior season at LCA, Barnette averaged 17.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.
Barnette joins Orlando (Fla.) Jones standout Matt Williams and 6-foot-10 Florida native Dylan Karell to make up their current three-man recruiting class.