Corona Santiago Coach Jeff Steinberg said standout junior quarterback Blake Barnett has finalized plans to graduate in December so he can head off to Notre Dame in January and participate in spring practice.
It means Barnett will be taking a class or two this summer.
Barnett is 6 feet 4, 200 pounds and earned rave reviews as a passer and runner this past season. He made an early commitment to Notre Dame.
If Santiago makes it to a CIF state championship bowl game, Barnett will be happy to stick around for that.