Barksdale Enjoys OSU Trip

Defensive tackle Joseph Barksdale of Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech was one of the many high-profile recruits in on a visit this weekend to Ohio State. What did he think of the trip? We caught up with him to find the latest.

Joseph Barksdale might not have walked away from Columbus on Sunday ready to name Ohio State a clear-cut leader, but he sure didn't mince words.

The No. 11-ranked defensive tackle from Detroit Cass Tech returned home Sunday from his official visit at Ohio State and had plenty to say about the game against Michigan and atmosphere.

"The game was great – it has a lot of history behind it and it was a well fought game," Barksdale said Sunday evening. "It was a really enjoyable experience."

Taking an official visit, Barksdale said he saw more of the game day experience he hasn't seen before. He said he came away with a better understanding of the normal routine.

"(I had not seen) the walkthrough," he explained. "That was something I had not seen before."

Barksdale does not yet claim a leader. He does, however, have a short list of schools in which he's looking at.

His next task is taking the rest of his visits, before announcing his final decision – which he says will happen at the Army High School All-American game in San Antonio in January.

"I still haven't made my decision," he said. "My top five are Ohio State, LSU, Florida State, USC and Notre Dame."

In the meantime, Barksdale said he would continue to workout. When he makes his final choice, he's going to start a workout program based on the suggestion of the school he picks.

Barksdale has already visited Ohio State and Notre Dame both unofficially and officially, and he said he took an unofficial visit to LSU.

"I'm scheduled for an official visit to USC but I'm still considering whether to take that because it's about to be Thanksgiving and it's family time and stuff like that," Barksdale added. "I'm still not sure about that. I have an official visit scheduled to Florida State the second weekend in December and I've got an official visit scheduled for LSU the first weekend of December."

Barksdale's weekend at Ohio State consisted mostly of the routine.

"I got to see what it's like being a player at Ohio State," he said. "We got to see the things the players do every day. They took us on some tours around campus and that whole deal. It was a great time."

He talked about a few of the other schools on his list.

"I know they are a very good defensive line school," Barksdale said of LSU. "They have a very good tradition, just like a lot of the schools I'm looking at. I also know they come to win."

On USC: "USC was very fortunate to have some back-to-back recruiting classes and they were able to build a powerhouse. They've demonstrated that by having both a good defense and good offense. Just like a lot of other schools they preach a mentality that it's all about the team and not about the individual. Because of that, they've been successful.

The 6-5, 315-pound Barksdale had 71 tackles, including 25 for loss and eight sacks in his senior season. Cass Tech finished the year 7-4.

Barksdale, who reports a 3.5 GPA and 22 ACT, also had 83 tackles and eight sacks as a junior.


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