JC Profile: Mesa WR Derick Barkum

One of the best JC wideouts on the west coast is a name that might not be too familiar with people who follow recruiting, but he's made enough of a name for himself to get some scholarship offers and some other D-1 possibilities. San Diego Mesa WR Derick Barkum (6-2, 190) is scheduled to visit Portland State this weekend and he could trip to a D-1 school very soon as well.

"San Diego State was just here today actually," Barkum told JCFootball.com. "They are looking at me pretty hard right now. They are talking about setting up a visit, but right now I don't have one set up with them."

Both Portland State and Weber State have stepped up with offers and he's scheduled to visit PSU this coming weekend.

"Their coaches are pretty cool and they run a pretty good offense for a receiver," Barkum said. "I'm really open to everyone right now. I just want to see what is out there for me."

Two other D-1 programs have also shown Barkum some interest.

"Kansas State has been talking to me for a while so I need to see what's up with them and I visited Utah back in December," Barkum said. "I had a lot of fun there, but they didn't offer. They are still in pretty regular contact with me though and I like their offense a lot."

Barkum prepped at Brawley-Union High School in California and didn't get a qualifying GPA so he decided to head to San Diego Mesa to ply his wares.

"I had a JC in Arizona offer me a scholarship to go there, but they didn't have a track team," Barkum said. "California JC's can't offer scholarships so that was pretty tempting but without a track team, I just couldn't go there.

"I decided on Mesa because a couple buddies of mine were already planning to run track here so I decided to come and see what I could do. I'm really happy I came here."

As a sophomore for Mesa, Barkum put up solid numbers in 2006 posting 36 catches for 750 yards and eight touchdowns. He received All-Conference honors and was voted his team's MVP.

"I had a good year individually, but we didn't too good as a team," Barkum said. "We had a new staff so it took some time to get used to the new system and stuff like that. We started to get it toward the end of the season, but we didn't show very well early on."

Barkum claims a 4.45 in the 40 and benches 240 right now and he says he really worked hard on learning the playbook this past summer.

"When I got here, as a freshman, I really didn't know the playbook that good so this past summer I really focused on getting the plays down and that way I could just go out and react instead of thinking too much," Barkum said. "I'm really quick off the line and I can get a good release on anyone. I feel I can beat anyone a team puts on me."

As far as what he's looking for in a school, Barkum has some idea of what will be his deciding factor.

"I don't have to play right away, but I would really like to," Barkum said. "If a school thinks I should redshirt and get faster, stronger and better then I am up for that, but I'd like the chance to play early.

"I'll be looking at how I fit in with the staff and how I feel about the offense that they run. I just have to feel comfortable there. I think I can be successful anywhere I end up."

Barkum will finish up his two-year degree in May and will have three years to play two at the next level.

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