May 17, 2006

Vols Try to Stay in Race for Barksdale

In the current recruiting environment in college football, the spring evaluation period can have a huge impact on a prospect's stock.

With coaches on the road and recruits attending camps and combines, the big picture begins to come into a little sharper focus.

Among those prospects making a big name for themselves on the national stage this spring has been Michigan's Joseph Barksdale, a player who sits high on the Vols' wish list.

Barksdale entered the spring as a player already attracting significant interest, and holding several offers, from Tennessee and most of the Big Ten.

Since coaches have been on the road though, and since Barksdale's eye-popping performance at the Columbus NIKE Camp two-weeks ago, he's now looking like he may be one of the nation's elite prospects at his position.

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