Is Barfield Still Committed to Clemson?

Shukree Barfield, an outstanding defensive tackle from New Jersey, was reported as a Clemson commitment several weeks ago by several media outlets. spoke with Barfield that day and reported Barfield as a soft commitment to the Tigers. What exactly his status on a commitment right now?

DT Shukree Barfield
6-4, 285, 4.9
Camden High School
Camden, New Jersey

The 6-4, 285 pound defensive star from Camden High School does not consider himself a Clemson commitment. "I really haven't committed. Clemson is one of the stronger colleges that I would like to attend but I haven't committed yet. They are one of the top college's that offered me. I wouldn't say I'm definitely going there."

As reported back on June 24, Barfield is waiting to see which schools offer as the season progresses. On June 24 the talented prospect listed Ohio State, Miami and Syracuse as three schools that might change his leader. Barfield continues to receive mail from Miami and Ohio State but neither has offered. "I talked with Miami about a month ago and they said they were looking at me."

Barfield has been calling Coach Lovett to discuss his situation and to schedule an unofficial visit. "I called Clemson last week and talked with Coach Lovett. I just wanted to see how things were going. I told him I am still very interested in Clemson, and talked with him about my visit."

The star defensive tackle from Camden plans to travel to Clemson for an unofficial visit later this summer. "I'm going down to Clemson for a visit with my uncle on August 9," stated Barfield.

Practice starts for the powerful lineman on August 9, but Barfield will be traveling to Clemson that day. "I'm taking an excused absence that day. I've already cleared that with my coaches."

Barfield, who runs a very impressive 4.9 forty, has been working hard in the classroom this summer. "I've been taking some classes in summer school. It's coming along. I get out Aug. 4. Hopefully I go into my senior season and don't have to worry about anything."

At this point, Barfield must be considered a soft commitment. Barfield admitted that he was a little confused by the term, "commitment." He originally thought that a commitment meant the literal signing of a letter of intent. After learning that wasn't the case, he still wants to be considered a "verbal" commitment to Clemson, even though that could very well change later in the game.

We will continue to keep you updated on this talented prospect from New Jersey, right up through signing day 2004. Top Stories