Joseph Barksdale (6-foot-4, 310 pounds) watched defensive tackles Gerald McCoy and Al woods in last year's U.S. Army All-American game hoping his name would be added to the list of elite high school players to have played in the game. Tuesday afternoon at Cass high school, Barksdale was officially invited to play in the 2007 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
"It was cool. Eddie Drummond was there and they did the whole presentation thing with the jersey," Barksdale said of the presentation assembly. "I was nervous, but I was also excited. It was cool though. It was 30 minutes long. They announced it to the class. They explained what it meant to be an Army All-American. They talked about the prominent alumni from the game. The rest of it was just taking pictures."
Barksdale hasn't made his college decision yet, and he isn't planning on announcing his choice until he gets back down to San Antonio. Until that time Barksdale is trying to visit as many schools as he can in order to find out where he is most comfortable. Ohio State was his destination last weekend for the Buckeye's win over Penn State.
"I went to Ohio State for an unofficial visit," Barksdale said. "We drove down in the morning and then drove back after the game. It was a good game. There wasn't much scoring, but it was a good game. It was a regular unofficial visit. The crowd was crazy. They were loud. They had a lot of recruits at the game, but there weren't any that I knew except Greg Little."
Barksdale wasn't able to watch Notre Dame's game on Saturday, but he was able to listen to it on his way back to Michigan.
"I heard the game on the radio," Barksdale explained. "I was supposed to be there. We were trying to get to Michigan State, but once we knew we were running real late, we just took it home. It was glad that they came back and won."
"I set up a visit to LSU on November 11 for the Alabama game and then I'll visit USC November 24," Barksdale responded when asked about his future visits.