Barton Does Weekend State Tour

Linebacker prospect Michael Barton, from Concord De La Salle, already has a few Pac-12 scholarship offers, and then last weekend visited three California schools in the conference. He told us about his impressions..,.

Concord (Calif.) De La Salle linebacker Michael Barton (6-1, 195) had a busy weekend, visiting three California schools unofficially, including one Junior Day.

Barton's weekend started Friday, with an unofficial visit to Cal. It then took him down to Los Angeles to USC for the Trojans' Junior Day on Saturday and concluded by him heading over to UCLA on Sunday for an unofficial visit.

"I'm excited about the process," said Barton. "I've been meeting all of these great coaches and it's been really enjoyable. I'm am going to have so many options and they are all great schools."

Barton started out by making the quick trip over to Berkeley.

"Cal went good," said Barton. "I was going to go to their Junior Day on Saturday, but then USC came up for their Junior Day, but I talked to Coach (Tosh) Lupoi, and he said to come on over on Friday. So we met with him and Coach (Clancy) Pendergast (defensive coordinator) and they told me what they see me playing. They will probably be offering me this week."

Barton got a chance to see the construction of the facilities that are being upgraded on campus.

"If that's where I went, the stadium would be done the year I get there," said Barton. "They took us on a tour to see the new facilities."

Lupoi is a De La Salle alum, and two other DLS alums are on the Bears administrative staff.

"It's really cool because they have some former Spartans there on their staff," said Barton. "I met with them and with the coaches, including Coach (Jeff) Tedford. They told me they need me at that positon. I'm going to head back over there at the end of the week and meet with Coach Thompson (Cal's linebacker coach) because he was out of town. I definitely get along with the coaching staff. I'm excited about Cal. It definitely left a good impression on me. It's right up there with Washington as far as schools for me."

The next day, Barton was in Southern California, taking in USC's Junior Day.

"I liked SC," said Barton. "The only thing was there were so many kids there, it was hard to get the 1-on-1 time with the coaches. But I did get to talk with Coach (Joe) Barry and about their playing style. They have the rich tradition. Coach (Clay) Helton, who is recruiting me, he said he really wants to get me down to the Rising Stars camp and evaluate me closely."

On Sunday, Barton headed over to UCLA to conclude the busy weekend.

"UCLA was great, too," said Barton. "I talked to Coach (Angus) McClure and he said come down Sunday and we'll show you around the campus. They've been busy getting the coaching staff in place so I hadn't talked with them as much. But he set it up on Sunday so we could spend a lot of time with Coach (Mike) Johnson and a lot of time with Coach (Clark) Lea. I really liked him as a linebacker coach. That program is setting themselves up to be successful. Everyone has said they're down but they'll be back. Coach Lea said he would really like me to be a UCLA Bruin, and they're having a meeting on Wednesday and told me to contact them and see how things are going."

Barton, an all-state underclass pick, who's been a stalwart for two state title teams at De La Salle, was flanked by his teammate Bart Houston, the stellar quarterback.

"It's cool to see these places with Bart," said Barton.

Next up will be a trip during his spring break to Oregon State and a potential return to Washington (where he attended the Huskies' Junior Day).

As a junior, Barton has 72 tackles, three sacks, three pass breakups and a fumble recovery, despite rarely playing a full game with the Spartans blowing teams out.

Academically, he has a 3.2 and will take the SAT in the spring.


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