Barksdale rated LSU an "11"'a 11th ranked defensive tackle in the land took his last official visit over the weekend and LSU took a huge step forward in the hunt for his signature. "I'm really glad I went and didn't cancel, because there is only one word to describe that trip," said Joseph Barksdale about his recent official visit to LSU. "Phenomenal."

Joseph Barksdale (6-5, 305, 5.0  took his last official visit of the year to LSU and said one thing that stood out to him that he didn't expect was the level of academic achievements by LSU.

Let's just say the words, "best in the country" were used… a lot.


"I guess being from up north I don't really hear a lot about LSU's academics," said Barksdale. "They seemed to be some of the best in the country. All in all they are pretty solid and I think some of the best academics in the country."


The Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech product was also impressed with LSU's athletic facilities.


"They were amazing," said Barksdale who also took visits to Ohio State and Notre Dame. "It was like nothing I've ever seen. The three weight rooms alone are impressive by themselves. It was definitely a one-of-a-kind experience."


Barksdale talked about how LSU more than football.


"The mix of academics and athletics is amazing," said Barksdale. "They're not just a school with a football team. Every sport they play, men's and women's, is competing for a national championship. You're just surrounded by winners."


Barksdale said he liked the change of pace visit he received, because things get a little hectic on game day.


"You get to spend more time with the coaches and players," said Barksdale. "Game day is fun, but after it's over you have to return to real life and I feel like this way I got to see what that would be like. I got to tour campus longer and hang out longer."


Barksdale said he has gone into all of his trips with the mindset that he is not going to commit, but said this trip really opened things up for him. He got a chance to chat with coaches and players for long periods of time and was able to attend social events with his host Pep Levingston.


"We (coaches) talked about what it takes to play division one football, and where I would fit on the depth chart," said Barksdale. "We talked about pretty much every aspect of the defense and the team itself."


As for rating this trip on a scale of 1-10 Barksdale said he needs a bigger scale.


"It was an 11," he said. "I'm really glad I came. I felt like I was at home and that's something that is very important."



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