Barton Has Ideal Time Frame

Concord (Calif.) De La Salle linebacker Michael Barton has an idea of when he'd like to make his college decision...

Concord (Calif.) De La Salle linebacker Michael Barton (6-1, 200) has an ideal time frame set of when he'd like to make a college commitment.

"I'm probably going to commit sometime this month," said Barton. "Everyone in the mix has a chance."

That everyone includes the nine schools that have offered him.

"My offers, starting up north, are Washington, Washington State, Oregon State, California, UCLA, Arizona State, Colorado, SMU and LSU," said Barton. "Everyone has a chance."

Barton has been doing track for the Spartans, running the 110h, 300h, 4x100 and 4x400, but has been balancing that with recruiting.

"I've talked on the phone with Colorado and then a lot of coaches are coming by this week and then when we start spring ball," said Barton. "Track has just been my main focus so I haven't been to any camps and we have a meet the weekend of the Stanford Nike Camp so I don't want to risk injury with track and state coming up."

Barton said he's factoring several things into his decision.

"I'm looking at a school that has a good combination of both academics and football," said Barton. "I want to choose the perfect fit for the next few years of my life and find a place that I can contribute to that program."

And when he's done with track and making his college choice, he's got one goal left.

"We've won state championships the last two years," said Barton, "now we want to win a national championship."

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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