Ohio State, Michigan and Michigan State had already offered Joseph Barksdale (6-4, 310-pounds) a scholarship heading into this week. After placing a call to South Bend, Joseph now has another scholarship to consider.
"Notre Dame offered me today," Barksdale said. "I talked to coach Weis personally. He told me that he was calling me to give me the official offer. He said, ‘We feel that you could come in and play at Notre Dame and that we'd love to have you here.'"
Barksdale had recently made a trip to South Bend for the first time for a junior day. It was his first time speaking with the Notre Dame coaches.
"They said as soon as they saw some tape they were going to offer, but there is always that doubt in the back of their mind," Barksdale recalled of his junior day visit. "I came this close to a scholarship offer and that being the first time communicating with any of the coaches. That was the first time ever seeing me period.
"He [Weis] has coached in the NFL. In the NFL, we all know that there have been some top draft picks that were letdowns, people who look good when you see them, but then don't do anything. I respected his decision to see tape. You have to know what you're getting.
"I'm really happy to have the scholarship offer. I'm only the third defensive tackle that they've offered. Actually only one of the few players they've offered across the nation period."
Notre Dame has made an impression on Barksdale, but they still have some work to do if they are going to sign him next February.
"Notre Dame was pretty low on my list at the beginning of the recruiting process," Barksdale explained. "After visiting the school and just seeing what they have to offer academically as well as athletically, Notre Dame is on the ‘come-up'….well they've already come up. Notre Dame is one of the teams that's going to be playing for the national championship this year and that in itself along with the academic side really impressed me. When you look at their season, people were able to maintain these grades, while winning this many games… it's a great school so that really moved Notre Dame up on my list. "