Has DB James Barksdale committed to Syracuse?
Defensive back James Barksdale of Hopewell High in Huntervsille, N.C., has been rumored to be a player who could commit to Syracuse sometime soon. Syracusefan.com caught up with Barksdale Monday to find out if that is indeed the case.
"No, not yet," he said. But "I'd say they're up there."
Michigan State, South Carolina, UNC and UCLA are the other schools Barksdale is most interested, though SU is the only offer he holds. He missed much of last season with an injury and has been told by most schools that they'd like to wait and see his senior film. That is not the case, though, with Syracuse. Barksdale hears often from assistant coach Derrick Jackson, and seemingly could commit whenever he wants.
"I talk a lot to coach Jackson, just about how they're getting off to a rough start, and he's just keeping in touch, seeing how my season is going," said Barksdale, a 5-foot-10, 165-pound speedster who has two interceptions – one for a touchdown – in helping his team to a 4-1 start.
Barksdale was one of many whose eyes were opened by the big upset win over Louisville last weekend.
"I heard Taj Smith had a pretty good game. I remember meeting him and he was a pretty good guy. For them to pull out a big win like that was great, I was really excited about it," he said.
Barksdale will take an official visit to SU in October or November, but has not solidified any of his visit plans yet. He did take a trip to Syracuse last summer, though, and enjoyed every minute.
"My main thing was, when I first got there they immediately treated me like I was on the team," he said, adding that a meeting with the strength and conditioning staff was another big plus from his visit. "That really put me into their system."
The SU staff has told Barksdale he could play cornerback or slot receiver, and that they plan to take three corners in this class – including already committed defensive back Grant Mayes of New Jersey.
Location will not be a factor for Barksdale; he simply wants to find the best fit. It seems like a good possibility SU could be the place that offers it.
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