New Offers But Same Leader

There is little debate as to who the top pure linebacker prospect is in Louisiana for 2009 and that honor goes to West Monroe's Barkevious Mingo. The 6-4, 200-pounder recently added three big offers to his list of skins and he talked about those offers and his thoughts on each one.

Barkevious Mingo


“I got new offers from Tennessee, Oklahoma and UCLA,” Mingo said. “I’ve got eight now counting those three and ULM, Tech (Louisiana Tech), Alabama, Texas A&M and LSU.”


What does the nation’s 8th ranked strong side linebacker think about the three new offers?


Tennessee—“That was a nice one to pick up. I know more about Tennessee than the other two I got but I don’t know much about them. They are in the SEC, though, so enough said.”


Oklahoma—“That was a pretty good offer and I guess I’ll take a visit over there to see what it’s all about. All I really know about them is they have good tradition but that’s really it.”


UCLA—“I really don’t know much about them at all except that it’s a long way from home but going to Los Angeles to see what they have would be pretty cool.”


Mingo had planned on taking in LSU’s spring game on April 5th but he has a track meet that weekend in Texas that causes a conflict.


Another school thought it might be able to get him on campus that weekend for an unofficial visit but that’s not going to happen either.


“I  talked to a coach from Texas A&M and he was trying to get me to come to College Station after the Texas meet but I told him I wouldn’t be able to do that,” said Mingo.


The Bayou backer said that he has been talking to coaches from three schools lately but there is one set of coaches he talks to the most.


“I talk to Texas A&M and then I’ve been talking to a coach from Kansas State too but I talk to LSU a lot,” he said. “I call coach Stud (Greg Studawara) a lot.”


The last time we caught up with Mingo the plan was for him to take some visits this summer and possibly in the fall before he makes a commitment?


Is that still the plan?


“That’s pretty much it,” he said.


He also recently said that LSU was the team to beat so is that still the case?


“They’re still the one to beat pretty much,” he said. “They are the main school that has contacted me and that I talk to the most. I feel like I’m closer to their coaches from talking to them so much too.”

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