June 29, 2006

The long and winding road

Detroit Cass Tech defensive tackle Joseph Barksdale has completed his summer tour of colleges and universities across the nation, and he appears to be getting closer to narrowing down his list of suitors.

With over 40 offers from the best schools in the country, the 6-foot-6, 323-pound Barksdale has a lot to think about. Among those vying for his services are Ohio State, Texas, Michigan, Notre Dame, Tennessee and USC, with a host of others all trying to stay squarely in the mix.

Barksdale is a five-star talent ranked 17th nationally by Rivals, and he made 83 tackles last season, including 20 for loss and eight sacks.

It's likely that Barksdale will pare his list down to five to seven schools in early August.

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