July 27, 2006

Michigan five-star close to cutdown

This summer has been filled with conditioning and classwork for Detroit Cass Tech defensive tackle Joseph Barksdale, but as the calendar gets ready to shift to August it's turning into crunch time.

Barksdale, a 6-foot-6, 323-pounder ranked as a five-star prospect and the nation's 17th best player, has managed to do well in his summer school English class as well as tackled his drill work with aplomb.

Barksdale has cut his voluminous offer list -- which totaled around 80 -- down to roughly 15, and says he'll trim it even more by the middle of August.

Among the schools still in the mix are Ohio State, Texas, USC, Miami, Notre Dame, Michigan, Michigan State, LSU, Tennessee, Florida State, Oregon and Penn State.

Barksdale said once he cuts it to five he'll set his visits quickly due to early graduation.

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