"Everybody was in for the Christmas holiday was on the move and I thought that would be a good Christmas present," Barksdale of his decision. "I think the atmosphere and going there I already seemed like I was a part of the family. I had a relationship with them that I didn't have with other schools."
Barksdale played at last year's NBA Top 100 Camp and is a big double-double producer for one of the state's top high school programs, Danville (Va.) George Washington.
The Hokies own a commitment from wing Robert Brown and now Barksdale becomes one of the highest rated recruits to sign with Seth Greenberg. The 6-foot-8 Barksdale was sold by Greenberg's pitch.
"They said and they showed me examples of how they use their power forward. I say myself playing in that kind of role and they compared me to Jeff Allen."