Louisville coach Bobby Petrino is looking to re-establish the "Camden Connection," this time for his fifth-ranked football program. 6-4, 310-pound Shukree Barfield, a Camden native, will announce his college decision Wednesday morning. Barfield, a three-star defensive lineman from Garden City (KS) C.C. has narrowed his finalists to two schools – Louisville and Nebraska.
Barfield signed with Rutgers two years ago coming out of Camden High, the same high school that Wagner, Thompson, Walls and Nate Johnson attended. He has made visits to both Lincoln and Louisville (Barfield made an official visit to Louisville last weekend), and will sign a national letter of intent Wednesday with the school of his choice.
A mid-year transfer, Barfield will enroll at the school of his choice next month and will be able to participate in spring drills. Louisville is looking to replace Amobi Okoye on the defensive front and Barfield appears like an ideal replacement.
Heading into his visit to Louisville, Barfield's uncle, Wayne McFadden, told InsideTheVille.com that the Cornhuskers held the advantage. However, John Blake, the assistant that was recruiting Barfield for Nebraska, recently left Lincoln to join Butch Davis at UNC.
"I believe Nebraska is the right fit for him and they were the leader heading into the visit to Louisville this weekend," McFadden said Sunday night. "His visit to Louisville went well and he had a good time. (We'll) sit down and make a decision (and) he'll sign with the school of his choice Dec. 20 and enroll in January."
"He liked their academic support and Louisville competes hard," McFadden said. "It's down to Louisville and Nebraska. Nebraska has everything and they have a 94 percent graduation rate."