Mississippi safety likes the Tigers

Darius Barksdale, a defensive back from Batesville, Miss., has received interest from several schools throughout the south, and says he's focusing his search to five colleges.

"My top five are Georgia, Florida, Florida State, Georgia Tech and LSU," he said. "I don't have a leader, but those are the schools I'm looking at."


The only thing preventing the offers from flowing in appears to be his academics because Barksdale is one of the top safeties in the South.


As a junior at South Panola, the versatile playmaker starred on both sides of the ball. He was a First Team All-State selection by the Clarion Ledger that racked up 35 tackles and four interceptions in the secondary and he rushed for 1,042 yards and nine scores.


Although he has a great deal of interest in playing in the SEC, Barksdale said there are a couple of schools in the conference he is not looking at too much and they happen to be the two big fish in Mississippi.


"I want to go away to school a little," he said. "I'm not too interested in Ole Miss or Mississippi State. I went to Ole Miss for junior day. It was alright."



Of his favorites, Barksdale said one of the common factors between the programs in their speed and athleticism, which is something he is looking at heavily when deciding on a school.


"I want to go somewhere that I can play," he said. "I like the style of play each of those schools have. They are all real fast and get physical. Also, they have some really good offenses."


During the off-season, Barksdale wants to put on a little bit more weight and improve on his speed before his senior year.


"This summer, I want to go to as many camps as I can," he said. "I don't know which ones yet, but I want to go to a lot of them. I'd really like to visit my favorite schools."


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