Various colleges seemed uncertain where to play the bruising high school fullback - at his native position, at the tailback spot, or on the defensive side of the ball. However, all this recent uncertainty has come to an abrupt end as Barksdale concluded his recruitment this past weekend by pledging to the Connecticut Huskies.
The University of Connecticut got one step closer to the top of the Big East by improving this year's recruiting class significantly with the commitment of Anthony Barksdale. He chose the Huskies over offers from Delaware, Maryland, Michigan State, and interest from Rutgers.
Barksdale (Farmingdale SHS, Farmingdale NY) had recently listed a final three that included Michigan State, Rutgers and Delaware. His commitment to the Huskies comes as a bit of a surprise.
"I started talking to the UConn coaches a couple of weeks ago and everything went well since. I was there for an official on Friday and came back today.
"It [the visit] was great. I got to meet some of my future teammates and coaches and everything was real nice.
"My High School coach, he's good friends with the Connecticut coaches, and he told me that they're good people, people that you can trust."
And in the end, the final factor that decides where a recruit will end up is indeed the "trust factor" - how trustful the prospective recruit is of the people that will guide his life for the subsequent four or five years while he dedicates his mind and body to the university of his choice.
Several other schools were pursuing Barksdale, including Michigan State, Rutgers and Delaware. Do any of those schools still have a chance to land the NY prospect and does Barksdale intend to take any more visits?
"No, I will not take any more visits. I am fully committed to UConn."
While playing multiple positions for Farmingdale, Barksdale was primarily lining up as a fullback, the position he desired to play at the next level. Indeed, it was this particular dilemma (what position he was being recruited for) that served to become somewhat of an undesired obstacle in his recruitment.
What position did the Huskies recruit him for?
"They recruited me as a fullback."
Barksdale ended up the year with 1000 rushing yards and 14 TDs. While on the defensive side of the ball, Barksdale recorded 80 tackles.