Defensive End Shines at Auburn Camp

A young defensive end prospect talks about his football camp experience at Auburn.

Dorcester, S.C.--A class of 2015 defensive end was one of the more impressive performers at Auburn's second one-day prospect camp of the summer.

Michael Barnett, a 6-4, 245-pound defensive end who will be a junior at Woodland High this season, didn't pick up a scholarship offer from the Tigers on Saturday, but got plenty of attention from Coach Gus Malzahn's staff.

"I feel like I did pretty good at the camp," Barnett said. "I still need to work on my right side (pass rush), but my left side I have got down pat."

Barnett said that he got good tips from Auburn defensive line coach Rodney Garner that he hopes will help him for his junior season. Last year he made 46 tackles with 11 behind the line of scrimmage. He finished the year with six sacks, two fumbles caused and two fumble recoveries to make himself into a prospect on defense, the side of the line of scrimmage he prefers by a wide margin.

Michael Barnett

Barnett, who is just 16 years old, has been attracting plenty of attention from colleges. "I have been offered by Clemson, N.C. State, Virginia Tech, Florida and Florida State," he said.

The defensive end said that he didn't grow up with a favorite college team and noted that with so much time before he is ready to sign he is very open on his recruiting. "I am still weighing my options," he said.

Michael Barnett has two seasons of high school ball left to play.

He noted that Auburn is a college he is interested in after camping with the Tigers. Auburn's defensive coordinator, Ellis Johnson, personally invited Barnett to attend the Auburn camp. "I had a good time," the defensive end said. "I learned a whole lot of new things."

Michael Barnett

One of the things he learned on Saturday is that Auburn will be keeping an eye on him for possibly extending a scholarship offer. "I think I could get an offer if I have a good season this year," said Barnett, who noted that he may be back in Auburn this fall to check out a game.

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