Barksdale down to 3?

After narrowing the field down to three schools, Joseph Barksdale, an All-Everything defensive tackle from Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech, says he will announce his decision during the Army All-American game on January 6.

"I'm pretty sure I've decided where I'm going to go," said Joseph Barksdale, "but I can't disclose that right now. The three schools I'm looking at are Michigan State, Ohio State and LSU."


Barksdale, who was named to the All-League, All-City, All-Metro and All-State teams this season after recording 73 tackles, eight sacks, 14 hurries and 27 tackles for loss, said that there are different things that stand out to him about each school, but that he feels like he could fit in well at any of the three.



"LSU and Ohio State are both powerhouse programs with bright futures," he said, "And with Michigan State bringing in a new coach, I think that they are on the rise, it just depends what you are looking for."


He has also taken official visits to all three schools, and says that he likes all three of the campuses and has enjoyed getting to know the coaches from each school better.


"The coaches have come to see me a good bit," he said. "Ohio State was here not long ago, and Michigan State visited a little before that. Coaches Earl Lane and Les Miles for LSU both came and visited last Wednesday (12/13)."


What was on the agenda when talking with LSU?


"We talked about pretty much everything under the sun," Barksdale said of his visit. "I'm just trying to get as much information as I can, from playing time to facilities. I loved the facilities at LSU. They have a great weight room and good academic facilities."


Both of those are things high on Barksdale's list of priorities he said.


"The big selling points for me have been getting to play early, getting coached well, having a good strength coordinator, and good academics, because I want to graduate. All three of my top schools do well in those categories."


While on his official visit to LSU earlier this month, Barksdale got to know fellow defensive line recruit Luther Davis, and said the two have stayed in touch since the trip.


When asked if Davis, whose intentions to commit remain up in the air, would have any impact on Barksdale's decision, he had this to say:


"My decision is going to be based on what is best for me. Regardless of where Luther goes and if we are teammates, we are going to remain friends, but that is not going to affect my decision."


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