The Opening: Derek Barnett Update

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BEAVERTON, Ore. — Coming from one of the premier high-school football programs in the Volunteer State, Derek Barnett entered the recruiting process with plenty of knowledge from former teammates iike Jalen Ramsey, Graham Shuler and Max Staver.

Among the FOX Sports NEXT and Scout three-star's list of favorite schools are Ohio State, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt. He has plans to return to a handful of college campuses before his final year at Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy gets underway.

"I'm going to start winding it down, starting focusing on my season at Brentwood Academy and getting ready to win a state championship with them," the No. 35 defensive end in the country said from The Opening.

In 2012, the 6-foot-3, 281-pounder totaled 26 tackles, 22 assists, 5.5 sacks, a fumble recovery and a defensive touchdown. That production earned him the TSSAA Mr. Football Division II-AA lineman award.

See what the Nashville native told FOX Sports NEXT about his top schools, the competition at The Opening, getting teaching from NFL athletes and more in the video below:

Danny Parker is currently the Managing Editor, Recruiting Analyst and Staff Photographer for He was previously the sports editor at Shelbyville Times-Gazette. He joined the FOX Sports NEXT team July 2011.
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