Shukree Barfield

"That's not the case. I'm not committed anywhere. I think it caused some schools to back off at first."

However, after a dominating senior season, Barfield was back on the national recruiting map. Many of the nation's top programs came calling.

Miami started recruiting me during the season," he said. "I was pretty happy because I always said to myself how great it would be to play for those guys."

Barfield then received a scholarship offer from the Hurricanes shortly afterwards and received an in-home visit from UM defensive line coach Greg Mark in early December.

"He was telling me how much they like me and how they'd like to have me part of their class," he said. "They're trying to get me and Dwayne (Hendricks). We might be on our visit there together. I talk to them a lot. They talked to my uncle earlier this week. I'm going down for my trip on the 31st. I'm going to
Clemson and Tennessee the next two weeks and after Miami, I'll be able to make a final decision."

The talented defensive lineman, who at 6-4 and 290 pounds is playing varsity basketball right now, watched all three of his favorites in their bowl games.

"Clemson actually played Tennessee," he said. "It was nice to watch but the Miami game was real tight. I loved that. Watching those guys fly around and make plays in a game like that. It doesn't get much better than that."

Barfield isn't ready to name any favorites yet.

"My only visit so far was to
Rutgers," he said. "It was OK. I gotta see these other ones before I can say for sure where I'm going."

Barfield said one thing about Miami is the competition will be tough and he believes that will help him in the long run.

"If I go and there's a lot of competition, it's just gonna make me fight," he said. "I will fight with anyone. I will work hard. There's always gonna be competition and it's the ones that aint wanna do it that don't make it. I'm gonna be fighting for a job with whoever else is there."

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