Colorado Officially Joins the Mix for Junior College Lineman Dantrell Barkley

Junior College recruiting has been an emphasis for Colorado early during the current spring evaluation period. On Friday morning, the Buffaloes extended a scholarship offer to a blossoming defensive lineman at Independence Community College...

There is a common theme with the defensive linemen the Buffaloes' coaches have been targeting, both at the Junior College and high school level. They are seemingly all big and athletic.

"Not many players my size move around as well as I do, that is definitely my best attribute," said Dantrell Barkley, a 6-foot-4, 295-pounder from Independence (Kan.) Community College.

Barkley has been in communication with Buffaloes defensive coordinator DJ Eliot for weeks now and he received a scholarship offer from Colorado on Friday.

"I saw they finished in the top 15 last year and did really well in their conference," Barkley said when asked about the Buffs. "I like that they are an up-and-coming program and I feel like they are going to do pretty well again this year.

"Coach Eliot said I would fit really well in their defensive scheme and said that I would be able to move around a lot on their defensive line."

A native of the Charlotte area in North Carolina, Barkley will have three years to play three after playing as a redshirt freshman at Independence Community College this fall. He is on pace to transfer to his four-year college of choice next January.

South Carolina, Alabama A&M and Florida A&M have also offered Barkley, and he has been drawing interest from NC State and Syracuse.

"I am planning a visit to South Carolina and NC State this summer and I am probably going to add some more unofficial visits to that list," he said. "A summer decision is a strong possibility. I want to go somewhere where I feel at home, somewhere where I can make an immediate impact on the field, and somewhere where I can win."

At this stage of the process, the Gamecocks are standing out to Barkley.

"It is closer to home and I have talked to South Carolina longer than anyone else," he said. "I have developed a good relationship with [South Carolina defensive line] coach Lance Thompson and [running backs] coach Bobby Bentley."

Barkley wants to pursue a degree in Education.

Colorado also extended an offer to Emmit Gooden, one of Barkley's defensive line mates at Independence Community College, on Friday. Gooden expressed very strong interest in Colorado during an interview with earlier this month.

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