Lowcountry standout offered

On Wednesday morning, the Clemson coaches extended an offer for one of the state's best top players in the class of 2015.

ATH Michael Barnett Profile

Woodland High School sophomore Michael Barnett is an athlete of the jumbo variety. The 6-foot-4, 245-pound prospect plays both offensive tackle and defensive end for the Wolverines.

Clemson jumped in the mix on Wednesday, joining Virginia Tech and N.C. State.

"My coaches told me about it," Barnett said about the Clemson offer. "They said they called."

The Tigers' offer was one that Barnett wanted to pick up.

"That felt good, because I really like that college and they finally offered me," he said.

Barnett added, "I believe they offered me as an offensive lineman."

Clemson hosted him last summer for the Dabo Swinney Football Camp -- that's the only time he's visited the campus.

"I remember seeing that they've got a really good d-line coach and offensive line coach. They're very into their coaching, as far as what they want done," he said.

Barnett shared his thoughts on the three schools that have offered:

Clemson: I like their offense and I like the fact that they have Sammy Watkins that they can rely on, and Tajh Boyd and all those guys. Their defense, I realize that last year, some of their d-linemen went into the pros. N.C. State: I like their coaching staff. They're trying to build up a new thing for themselves. They want a championship instead of just bowl games. They want to try to get their team right.

Va. Tech: I really like Virginia Tech. They make me feel at home. All of the coaches know me, even the legendary Frank Beamer and Bud Foster. I thought that was pretty cool.

N.C. State and South Carolina have hosted him for camp. He's taken campus visits to Virginia Tech and N.C. State.

The Wolfpack and Hokies like Barnett as a defensive end.

As a sophomore, he finished with 46 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, six sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

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