May 30, 2006

Barksdale not ready to settle

Detroit Cass Tech defensive tackle Joseph Barksdale took about five seconds to revel in his being named a five-star prospect in the class of 2007 before focusing his thoughts on the future and how he can improve. The 6-6, 320-pound Barksdale has seen his stock, and offer totals, skyrocket this spring but still sees opportunities to improves himself.

The biggest jump Barksdale's status took was after the NIKE Camp in Columbus, Ohio, where he came in runner-up for MVP honors. He proved unblockable there and showed off tremendous athleticism and quickness for a big man. Within a day of that camp, seven new teams offered Barksdale scholarships and teams continue to extend offers.

Michigan, Florida State and Oklahoma are among the schools offering scholarships.

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