May 8, 2006
Longhorns extend an offer to Detroit star
The Texas Longhorns don't have many open slots left to fill in their 2007 recruiting class, but one of the major needs is at defensive tackle, a spot where they would like to add one national blue-chipper to go along with El Paso (Texas) Andress star Andre Jones.
After this week, it appears clear that two of the main targets are going to be Washington (D.C.) Coolidge standout Marvin Austin and Detroit (Mi) Cass Tech sensation Joseph Barksdale. After offering Jones last week at his high school, the Longhorns officially extended Barksdale after his impressive performance at the Ohio State Nike Camp on Friday.
In fact, the Longhorns were one of several teams that have jumped into the fray for the 6-5, 305-pound Barksdale.
"I got five new offers this weekend," Barksdale said. "Purdue, Illinois, Penn State, USC and Texas all offered. "
Although Barksdale is keeping his options open and hasn't really named a list of front-runners at this point, he admitted that the most recent offers have opened his eyes.
"They will obviously get special consideration because they are some of the best programs in the country," Barksdale said.
For the Longhorns, the hope is that Barksdale will come down to Austin this summer and spend some time with the coaches.
"I really want to get down there this summer for a visit," Barksdale said. "I want to see what the school and the people are all about."
If Barksdale does come down for a visit, it likely won't be at either of the program's one-day camps because he doesn't get out of school until June 18th.
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